From Congressional Research Service, a report on Trade Deficits and U.S. Trade Policy. It sure looks like China’s preparing for a trade war with the US. “We will not back down”: Canada strikes back at US tariffs. Trump versus the hog-maker: Harley-Davidson vrooms off to the trade war. Ahead of NATO meeting, Trump takes aim at key international alliances — and add the World Trade Organization to the list of Trump targets. A leaked draft bill ordered by President Trump would see the U.S. effectively abandon the WTO. Trump’s “NATO is as bad as NAFTA” comment is scary. We’re in a lot of danger in advance of the NATO summit next month which will be followed shortly after by a summit with Vladimir Putin. Why Trump shouldn’t meet Putin: Americans should worry when the two men are in any kind of one-on-one negotiation.

Trump: “Possible” North Korea nuclear deal may not “work out”. How Trump could revive the Iranian regime: A policy seemingly aimed at bringing about the collapse of the government could backfire. What if Iran leaves the NPT? Iran warns Europe that time is running out on saving nuclear deal. Trump is trying to destabilize the European Union.

The Trump Doctrine is winning and the world is losing. Daniel Drezner on the hidden costs of the Trump administration’s foreign policy: American inaction in foreign policy might not be felt in the present day — by the time we feel it however, it will be too late.


How we watch soccer now: The World Cup shows how money and media saturation have changed the nature of fandom. How GPS tracking is changing football: Joao Medeiros takes the pulse of the technology that could help footballers perform better at this year’s World Cup. Umair Irfan on why soccer players take dives: Lots of athletes fake falls and injuries — but soccer stars have honed the art. Falling men: Alejandro Chacoff on moral panic on the pitch. Russia put World Cup stadiums in some surprising places — this is why. Ian Bremmer on the alternative World Cup you might have missed this summer.


Jonathan Rowson (Surrey): Twelve Perspectives on Jordan Peterson: An Antidote to Allergies and Infatuations. Earth has many more rivers and streams than we thought, new satellite study finds. Ocasio-Cortez scored a victory — for well-designed campaign posters. What’s the scientific value of the Stanford Prison Experiment? Philip Zimbardo responds to the new allegations against his work. Trump appointee guts UN document on racism, says leaders don’t have duty to condemn hate speech. Crystal Marie Fleming on Maxine Waters and the trope of the “angry black woman”. Thread: “Sorry, going to have to devote one more tweet to this line. A RESTRAINING ORDER IS NOT A CULTURAL DIFFERENCE”.

After shooting, will Trump stop abusing journalists? Let’s revisit that conversation about “civility”. Thomas J. Sugrue on white America’s age-old, misguided obsession with civility. Lilliana Mason on how political science explains the GOP’s obsession with civility. American Jekyll, American Hyde: Jonathon Sturgeon on how politeness goes along and gets along with brutality. Yes, defending white supremacy should be costly: The national conversation around “civility” ignores the ugly reality of immigrant children in cages. “You know what happened to ‘civility’? You called it ‘political correctness’, and mocked it”.


It’s official: The Trump administration has replaced family separation with indefinite family detention. How “abolish ICE” went from social media to progressive candidates’ rallying cry. Trump taunts Democrats over calls to abolish ICE: “They’ll never win another election”. “Abolish ICE” isn't about open borders. Nobody knows how “abolish ICE” plays politically - The Washington Post. Abolish ICE? Not so fast, says Congressional Hispanic Caucus in new talking points. Agents seek to dissolve ICE in immigration policy backlash. ICE officers whine that everyone hates them now: “Even the cops don’t like us anymore”.


The conservative revolution: Kennedy’s retirement caps a half-century transformation of the court. It took conservatives 50 years to get a reliable majority on the Supreme Court — here are 3 reasons why. What the new Supreme Court will decide: With Justice Kennedy gone, here’s a preview of the cases the newly conservative court already has on its docket. Constitutional law is about to get an overhaul. A new Lochner era: In the early 20th century, the Supreme Court systematically gutted regulations to favor business and attack organized labor — those dark days have returned. Anthony Kennedy, you are a total disgrace to America: No one expected Kennedy to allow Donald Trump to pick his successor but he has — and it should forever taint his legacy as a jurist.

America after Anthony Kennedy: What Kennedy’s departure would mean for abortion, gay rights, and more. What happens if the Trumpified Supremes overturn Roe and Obergefell. What does Anthony Kennedy’s retirement mean for Roe v. Wade? If Roe v. Wade goes, no woman’s body will be her own. Though Roe changed the landscape of reproductive rights, fundamentally altering the modern perception of a woman’s bodily autonomy, its promise was always just as much fiction as reality. The woman who argued Roe v. Wade on Kennedy retiring: “We thought we had won this”.

Jonathan Swan goes inside the Democratic strategy to oppose Trump’s Supreme Court pick. There can be no resistance without obstruction and impeachment: The debate over what to do about Kennedy misses the forest for the trees. Robert Mueller must finish investigating before Trump gets his Supreme Court pick. Paul Schiff Berman on a better reason to delay Kennedy’s replacement: Presidents under the cloud of investigation should not get to pick the judges who may preside over their cases. Thread: “A president under investigation for impeachment has never appointed a Justice. Not Nixon, not Clinton, not Andrew Johnson. Never. Democrats should make clear that if the GOP destroys this tradition, they will expand the Court to 15 in 2021 without filibuster”.

“Trump ‘wants to see a portfolio of solid academic writing’ from his SCOTUS nominee, though an adviser ‘acknowledged Trump does not care to read it; he simply wants to know it exists’”.

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