Corruption is the basic fact of the Trump GOP. GOP staffers who wrote the tax bill cash in with lobbying gigs. The Justice Department defended Trump’s ability to profit from foreign officials staying at his hotel. The rule of law is crumbling further each day under Trump. Quinta Jurecic on Donald Trump’s pardon power and the state of exception. What will House Republicans do if Trump pardons himself? We asked them. The man who would be king: In order to protect the president, Trump’s advocates have turned to arguing his power is virtually unlimited. Trump’s coalition of wealthy and working-class supporters may be bizarre, but it could still protect Trump from impeachment and even re-elect him.

Emma Cott and Drew Jordan on Liz and Dick Uihlein, the most powerful conservative couple you’ve never heard of. The myth of Trump’s populist revolt: Sarah Jones reviews The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics by Brad Todd and Salena Zito. Why the congressional midterms will be hugely consequential. Get ready for a brutal election about Trump’s racism and authoritarianism.

“the day after this nightmare is over they’re going to tell us it would be too ‘political’ and ‘destructive’ to investigate all the crimes and atrocities currently being committed”.


Eric van der Vort (Syracuse): Revisiting Demise Through Success: The Lesbian and Gay Movement after Obergefell. Courtney G. Joslin (UC-Davis): The Gay Rights Canon and the Right to Nonmarriage. Reva Siegel (Yale): Community in Conflict: Same-Sex Marriage and Backlash. Robin Bradley Kar (Illinois): Transformational Marriage: How to End the Culture Wars Over Same-Sex Marriage. Can marriage ever be really equal? Malia Transue on law and sexuality. Shuai Chen (Tilburg) and Jan van Ours (EUR): Subjective Well-Being and Partnership Dynamics: Are Same-Sex Relationships Different? Timothy R. Holbrook (Emory): Polyamory, Offense, and Obergefell.


Ronald Niezen (McGill): Why Gramsci’s Time Has Come (Again). Anyck Dauphin (UQO) and Bernard Fortin and Guy Lacroix (Laval): How Falsifiable Is Collective Rationality? Scott McLemee reviews When Science Sheds Light on History: Forensic Science and Anthropology by Philippe Charlier and David Alliot. Julia Ioffe on Brock Turner’s twisted legacy — and a Stanford professor’s relentless pursuit of justice. In the Trump administration, science is unwelcome — so is advice. The “What, Me Worry?” president: Donald Trump has long said he doesn’t worry about the future because nothing really matters. Nancy Pelosi is not the enemy — and if corporate Democrats manage to convince the party to ditch her, they’ll be alienating their progressive base.


Trump and Kim sign agreement pledging to work toward “a lasting and stable peace”: It’s far from a peace treaty or a comprehensive deal to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear arsenal — but it’s still progress. The GOP loves diplomacy — when it’s not a Democrat doing it: A future Democratic president might never be able to hold summits like Singapore if partisan domestic politics keeps savaging the negotiations, like the GOP did to Obama on Iran. “Trump and Kim just allowed Singapore government TV cameras into their lunch but not WH pool. Trump said to Host TV: ‘Are you getting a nice photo. So we look nice and handsome and beautiful and perfect?’”

“They (North Korea) have great beaches. You see that whenever they’re exploding their cannons into the ocean. I said, ‘Boy look at that view. Wouldn’t that make a great condo?’”


Sarah Birch (KCL): Democratic Norms, Empirical Realities and Approaches to Improving Voter Turnout. Why can’t prisoners vote? If we want to live in a democracy, we have to have universal suffrage — period. There’s no good reason to stop felons from voting. The history of legislative system-rigging by rural, conservative interests is a long and ignoble one — for most of our history, our democracy has been, in Smith’s memorable phrase, a “deliberately misshapen enterprise”. With anti-gerrymandering efforts gaining steam, Republicans in some states are mobilizing to protect their ability to continue rigging election maps. Disenfranchising voters is not Trumpism, it’s Republicanism.

Supreme Court delivers to the GOP a victory in the war on voting. Losing the right not to vote: The Supreme Court upholds Ohio’s aggressive effort to purge voters from its electoral rolls. Ohio voter purge approved, Republicans get what they hoped for when they stole a Supreme Court seat. Voting rights advocates eye new strategy to block aggressive voter purges.

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