From the Washington Monthly, Russia explains everything about Donald Trump; why Putin should be thrilled with Trump’s performance; and how would this look different if Putin were giving Trump his marching orders? Trump’s policies paying off for man who helped make him president: Vladimir Putin. Trump is making the case that he’s Putin’s puppet. Trump is fulfilling Russia’s dream of splitting the western alliance. We’ve got a problem, a big problem: “If candidate Trump and President Putin had made a corrupt bargain which obligated President Trump to destabilize all U.S. security and trade alliances (especially NATO, which has been Russia’s primary strategic goal for 70 years) and advance the strategic interests of Russia, there’s really nothing more remotely realistic he could have done to accomplish that than what he has in fact done”.


Timothy Horley (Virginia): Rethinking the Heckler’s Veto After Charlottesville. Victor Shammas (Oslo): The State as God: On Bourdieu’s Political Theology. Anthony Bourdain’s death is one in a growing public health tragedy. Speaking of despair: How much can suicide hotlines do? Weaponizing children: The president is wielding parental love and fear for political gain. Republicans want to use the census to radically change political representation. Census memo: Adding citizenship question will cost at least $27.5M. Vanity Foul: In celebrity profiles, the puff piece makes way for the power piece. Trump: I’ll know whether Kim summit will be successful “in first minute”. The introduction to The Political Sublime by Michael J. Shapiro.

The astonishing tale of the man Mueller just indicted: One of the most shocking revelations from the special counsel’s investigation is the suggestion that Paul Manafort’s longtime aide Konstantin Kilimnik is a pawn of Russian intelligence.


From Foreign Affairs, Adam S. Posen on the post-American world economy: Globalization in the Trump Era. Sara A. Dillon (Suffolk): Getting the “Message” on Free Trade: Globalization, Jobs and the World According to Trump. Paul Krugman on a trade war primer. Why steel tariffs matter: The economic impact will probably be minimal — but boy do they throw a wrench into existing trade treaties. Trump is waging a trade war in the dumbest way possible. Trump threatens to end all trade with allies. Trump’s blasts upend G-7, alienating oldest allies. Trump is trying his usual bully tactics at G7 — but they won’t work. G-7’s iconic photo shows its success, depending on the angle.

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