The flip-flopper-in-chief: From TPP to Syria, Trump and his administration change positions from day to day. Ryan Zinke is opening up public lands — just not at home (and more). Scott Pruitt’s scandal clone: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is the latest Trump official to be accused of extravagant travel costs and cozying up to industry. Ronan Farrow goes inside Rex Tillerson’s ouster. The wrongest man in Washington: How Larry Kudlow has taken the Trump administration’s dysfunction to a new level. Trump economist Kevin Hassett: Tax cuts are trickling down to you. David Cole on Jeff Sessions, Trump’s Inquisitor. McMaster and Commander: Can a national-security adviser retain his integrity if the President has none? Susan Glasser on how Jim Mattis became Trump’s “last man standing”.

“It's as if they’re in a contest to see who can be the most evil. For the moment, it looks like Pruitt is in the lead”.


Patrick O’Callaghan (UCC): The Chance “to Melt into the Shadows of Obscurity”: Developing a Right to Be Forgotten in the United States. What the Internet reveals about who we are: Disturbing truths emerge in a study of the data harvested by search engines. Should Internet firms pay for the data users currently give away? The tyranny of convenience: All the personal tasks in our lives are being made easier — but at what cost? From the Atlantic, can Germany fix Facebook? A new law seeks to protect “human dignity” on the Internet. Google has a Facebook problem: The tech giant has largely escaped scrutiny of late, but deserves a congressional grilling just as much as Mark Zuckerberg did. Surveillance Valley: Why are Internet companies like Google in bed with cops and spies?


Simon Caney (Oxford): Political Institutions for the Future: A Five-Fold Package. Raul Castro is stepping down — but he’s leaving behind a complicated legacy and an unclear future. Cuban communism is at its reform-or-die moment: The country’s first non-Castro president in over 50 years has only one path to legitimacy. Democrats have great female presidential candidates — they need to avoid the victim trap. And the newest member of Trump’s fan club is Kanye West. Michael Harriot on Kanye West, Candace Owens and the conservative sunken place. What’s going on in Armenia? Leader resigns following violent protests.

Being black in public: When you’re black in America, you’re either seen as a problem or not seen at all. What white people can learn from the Starbucks arrests. Starbucks won’t have any idea whether its diversity training works. Steven Thrasher on a problem Starbucks can’t train away. Starbucks’ bias training has Right raging at the real racists.


Benjamin De Cleen (VUB), Jason Glynos (Essex) and Aurelien Mondon (Bath): Critical Research on Populism: Nine Rules of Engagement. Samir Gandesha (Simon Fraser): Understanding Populism, Left and Right. Filipe Carreira da Silva (Lisbon) and Monica Brito Vieira (York): Populism as a Logic of Political Action. Pierre Ostiguy (UC): Populism: A Socio-Cultural Approach. Ingolfur Bluhdorn and Felix Butzlaff (WU): Rethinking Populism: Peak Democracy, Liquid Identity and the Performance of Sovereignty. Albena Azmanova (Kent): The Populist Catharsis: On the Revival of the Political. Jean Cohen (Columbia): Populism and the Politics of Resentment. Andrew Arato (New School): Populism, the Courts and Civil Society.

Anton Jager (Cambridge): The Semantic Drift: Images of Populism in Post-war American Historiography and Their Relevance for (European) Political Science. Seren Selvin Korkmaz and Alphan Telek on the origins of populism: Bogus-democracy and capitalism. Populists have one big thing right: Democracies are becoming less open. Peter Csigo on how populists become popular. Daniel Little on populism’s base. Andres Rodriguez-Pose on the revenge of the places that don’t matter. Religion, gender dynamics, place and cultural identity: All inform rising authoritarian populism in rural areas, alongside class interests and inequalities.

Historians have long thought populism was a good thing — are they wrong? Jordan Kyle and Yascha Mounk on why it’s so difficult to kill a populist movement. The populist surge: Francis Fukuyama on how Trumpist populism could easily linger longer than most people readily assume. What does a true populism look like? It looks like the New Deal.


Jonathan Greenberg: “Trump lied to me about his wealth to get onto the Forbes 400. Here are the tapes”. From John Barron to @RealDonaldTrump: Trump’s history of lying. “People don’t realize”: Trump and the historical facts he wants you to know. The assault on reality: Essential to understanding Trump is his attempt to subject the public to his own solipsistic reality — and thereby destroy our shared basis for democracy. Taking back hyperbole from Trump: Eugene Young on “truthful hyperbole” is hyperbolic projection. One thing is becoming clear about the various Trump scandals: They center on the president’s disdain for the law. Is Donald Trump the first gangster president?

Trump cannot fulfill the duties of commander in chief. Is Trump “morally unfit” to be president? Not if Americans can’t agree on what’s good and bad. No wonder Trump needs so much “executive time”. The biggest baby: Jonathan Kendall interviews Ben Greenman, author of Don Quixotic.

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