Brendan T. Beery (Western Michigan): How to Argue Liberty Cases in a Post-Kennedy World: It’s Not About Individual Rights, But State Power and the Social Compact. Timing is everything in politics — and the fight against Trump’s SCOTUS nominee is political. Even Never Trump evangelicals might be swayed by the Supreme Court. Brett Kavanaugh is nice — that doesn’t mean he’s not sexist. David Cole on ten questions Brett Kavanaugh must answer. A courtier for the imperial presidency: For almost 20 years, Brett Kavanaugh has been a consistent voice in favor of maximal executive power and privilege. Elite law professors are brushing politics aside to support fellow elite Brett Kavanaugh — that’s inexcusable in the Trump era. Trump’s supreme betrayal: The Kavanaugh nomination is the opposite of populism. What are Republicans hiding about Brett Kavanaugh?

Centrist Democrats are out of ideas: Notes of political caution can be valuable, but caution is not a policy vision. Why Stacey Abrams is the future for Democrats. Who’s afraid of Ocasio-Cortez? The old Democratic Party refuses to see that we live in a time of emergency. Sen. Elizabeth Warren responds to an invitation to discuss policy. Koch-backed study finds “Medicare for All” would save U.S. trillions. Bernie Sanders’s $32 trillion Medicare-for-all plan is actually kind of a bargain. How do you pay for all this stuff, how do you pay for all this stuff, how do you pay for all this stuff?

When Paul Ryan leaves government, the federal deficit will be $1.2 trillion higher than when he arrived. “Eye-popping” payouts for CEOs follow Trump’s tax cuts. Trump administration mulls a unilateral tax cut for the rich. Nouriel Roubini on how Trump may kill the global recovery. Trump-supporting soybean farmers say they’ll gladly suffer “to the death” for his trade war. Liberal blind spots are hiding the truth about “Trump country”. White threat in a browning America: Ezra Klein on how demographic change is fracturing our politics.

Niki Rust (Kent) and Courtney Hughes (Alberta): Social Science Methods to Study Human-Cheetah Interactions. Academic writes 270 Wikipedia pages in a year to get female scientists noticed. Hungary’s Viktor Orban calls for right-wing union in Europe. Trump seeks to revive “Arab NATO” to confront Iran. Trump disses real NATO, now wants unrealistic Arab NATO. “What the fuck is the Meghalayan?”: Geology’s timekeepers are feuding. Yemen is the most important and most ignored story in the world. Ex-Trump staffers should not get plum jobs at elite universities. Let’s say Ruth Bader Ginsburg retires in 2023 — then what? This is what no-deal Brexit actually looks like. Everyone is canceled: It only takes one thing — and sometimes, nothing — for fans to dump a celebrity.

Seth Baum, Robert de Neufville, and Anthony Barrett (GCRI): A Model for the Probability of Nuclear War. Doug Irving on how artificial intelligence could increase the risk of nuclear war. Should the U.S. try to deter cyberattacks by promising nuclear retaliation? From the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, what is US nuclear policy, exactly? It’s still US policy to launch a first-strike nuclear attack: Mark Hertsgaard interviews Daniel Ellsberg, author of The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. Fred Pearce on how lies about nuclear weapons changed the way we think. From Public Books, a virtual roundtable on presidential first use of nuclear weapons. The president and the bomb: Richard K. Betts and Matthew C. Waxman on reforming the nuclear launch process. Lisbeth Gronlund, David Wright, and Steve Fetter on how to limit presidential authority to order the use of nuclear weapons.

Trump’s offer to meet with Iran’s President Rouhani won’t get us a better deal — we had our chance and lost it. U.S. spy agencies: North Korea is working on new missiles (and more). “It stands as a sobering reminder to the world that the current American president is capable of treating even war-and-peace diplomacy as performance art in the interest of personal, rather than national, benefit”. I resent the fact that wealthy men I have never met are in total control of my fate: There is no reason to have a world in which the whims of Trump and Putin can decide the future of humanity.

From casinos to Trump U: Subpoenaed Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg was key to major endeavors. Rudy Giuliani just obliterated the goal posts on Trump-Russia collusion. Conservatives start suggesting that colluding with Russia isn’t so bad. Why are so many leftists skeptical of the Russia investigation? Paul Savoy on the legal case for prosecuting a sitting president. The “witch-hunters”: Tim Weiner reviews The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies by Michael V. Hayden; A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey; and Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence by James R. Clapper.