Amelia Carolina Sparavigna (PoliTO): Exercises in Archaeoastronomy. Claudio E. Benzecry (Northwestern) and Fernando Dominguez Rubio (UCSD): The Emotional Life of Cultural Objects. Tim Rogan on why Amartya Sen remains the century’s great critic of capitalism (and a response). A little-known hallucinogenic drug called DMT takes people to a place that feels “more real than real” — here’s what researchers know about it. This isn’t “election rigging”, it’s Politics 101. Is Kanye West “the Ezra Pound of Rap”? Does Trump deserve credit for the Korea negotiations? Donald Trump does deserve some credit for what is happening in Korea, but not for the reasons that you think. Kelly thinks he’s saving U.S. from disaster, calls Trump “idiot”, say White House staffers.

Maggie Hennefeld on Michelle Wolf’s stellar feminist killjoy roast at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Trump was outrageous in Michigan — so where’s the outrage? The president is seeking to destroy journalism — now let’s debate dinner entertainment! Shut up about Michelle Wolf if you’ve been silent on Trump’s offenses. The White House Correspondents capitulation: Conservatives trick journalists into corrupting themselves — here’s how the scam works. The news media just handed Trump a big win: Michelle Wolf got it right, and the media got it wrong. Liberal feminist politics are not incompatible with “offensive” humor — it just depends on who you’re offending: Nathan Robinson on what being “politically incorrect” actually looks like.


Has Michael Cohen already flipped on Donald Trump? Trump pays the legal fees of witnesses against him. Donald Trump will do anything to avoid prosecution — and John Bolton will help. Mueller has dozens of inquiries for Trump in broad quest on Russia ties and obstruction. Why were Mueller’s questions for Trump leaked? Darren Samuelson on why Mueller’s Trump interview may not matter. What’s Robert Mueller’s next big move? Here are 9 possibilities. How Mueller can protect the investigation — even if he is fired. Robert Mueller’s last resort: There are legal ways to disclose classified information — if we face a constitutional crisis, Mueller and his staff should take advantage of them.


Israel raises prospect of Trump opting for deal with Europe over Iran. Iran has no interest in a “new deal”. The Iran regime-change crew is back — that probably spells doom for the nuclear deal. Ariane Tabatabai on the Bolton threat to the Iran nuclear deal. Can anyone stop Trump from blowing up the Iran nuclear deal? Trump may already be violating the Iran deal: The deal’s opponents keep saying Tehran has failed to live up to its commitments to the U.S. — but what if it’s the other way around? Heather Souvaine Horn on making sense of Netanyahu’s strange slideshow. Netanyahu is playing to Trump’s abject ignorance — and it might work.

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