Ezio Di Nucci (Copenhagen): I Love My Children: Am I Racist? On the Wish to Be Biologically Related to One’s Children. (“I conclude that indeed a preference towards children one is biologically related to is morally illegitimate because, in the context of parental love, biological considerations are normatively irrelevant”). Sarah Hannan (Manitoba): Why Childhood is Bad for Children. Emily Stolzenberg (Columbia): The New Family Freedom. Raising my child in a doomed world: Some would say the mistake was having our daughter in the first place. A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery without making it safer — a new kind of playground points to a better solution.

Robin Fretwell Wilson (Illinois) and Shaakirrah Sanders (Idaho): By Faith Alone: When Religious Beliefs and Child Welfare Collide. Susan Frelich Appleton (WUSTL): How Feminism Remade American Family Law (and How It Did Not). Anca Gheaus (Pompeu Fabra): Biological Parenthood: Gestational, Not Genetic. Playground ambiguities: Rachel Rosen on unequal childhoods and imaginative play in an era of financialized capitalism. Are teens troublemakers across the world? Motherhood in the age of fear: Women are being harassed and even arrested for making perfectly rational parenting decisions. Is it possible to raise your child entirely without gender from birth? Some parents are trying.


Matthew J. Parlow (Chapman): Race, Speech, and Sports. Race and football: Why NFL owners are so scared of Colin Kaepernick. Did the NFL collude with EA Sports to drop Kaepernick’s name from Madden NFL 19? Marc Edelman (Baruch): Standing to Kneel: Analyzing NFL Players’ Freedom to Protest During the Playing of the U.S. National Anthem. Unsportsmanlike conduct: Jesse Berrett on Donald Trump and the politics of football. Why Trump’s battle with NFL players reveals his racist view of patriotism. Liberals are ruining football, to the tune of the NFL’s most profitable year. Downward spiral: David Roth on a fan’s notes on the decline of the NFL.


Randy Fertel (Fertel Foundation): Trickster, His Apocalyptic Brother, and a World’s Unmaking: An Archetypal Reading of Donald Trump. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini calls on firms to defy Trump over Iran. While condemning Iran, the U.S. contributes to terrorism in the Middle East, too. Who gets this mad at Canada? (and more and more) Facebook’s free speech problem is bigger than Alex Jones. The twilight of free speech liberalism: As the ACLU has transformed itself from a nonpartisan protector of civil liberties into one of Donald Trump’s most bitter political foes, it’s been forced to grapple with fundamental questions about its role in American society. “Too little too late”: Bankruptcy booms among older Americans.

No more Mr. Nice Justice: Brett Kavanaugh’s kindness and courtesy has no bearing on whether he should be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Trump SCOTUS pick: It’s “traditional” for presidents to ignore some laws. Get ready for this nightmare scenario involving Trump, Mueller and Kavanaugh. Compared to what: Jeffrey C. Isaac on a very dark thought about November. Why everyone should oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.


Duygu Onay-Coker (TEDU): Towards an Ethical Hermeneutics of Journalism. Is journalism a form of activism? It’s time to take another look at the definition of activism and where journalism fits in. Does the right to be left alone override the public’s right to know? Stephen Rohde reviews Newsworthy: The Supreme Court Battle over Privacy and Press Freedom by Samantha Barbas. “Journalism is not about creating safe spaces”: Inside the woke civil war at the New York Times. Nathan Robinson: “I run a small, independent magazine. I worry Facebook will kill us off”. Anne Helen Petersen on the cost of reporting while female.

Daxton “Chip” Stewart and Kristie Bunton (TCU): Practical Transparency: How Journalists Should Handle Digital Shaming and “The Streisand Effect”. Voices on the Left are rising in the US — why aren’t they in mainstream media? The opinionator: Jason Linkins on James Bennet and the hegemony of the trollgaze (and more). The great remove: Sarah Jones on how journalism got so out of touch with the people it covers. The other side of Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post: A protracted contract dispute suggests that being owned by a tech billionaire may have serious drawbacks for workers. No, Mr. President, journalists aren’t elitists.

The most prestigious slog in Washington: Reporters say covering Donald Trump feels like a historic mission — and a bit of a death march. Study: Male political reporters retweet other dudes 3 times more than their female colleagues. Todd Purdum on Jim Acosta’s dangerous brand of performance journalism. Thread: “If the media wants to reinforce a narrative of snooty coastal libs looking down their noses at heartland rubes — and it very, very much wants to — there's no stopping it”.


How Trump radicalized ICE: A long-running inferiority complex, vast statutory power, a chilling new directive from the top — inside America’s unfolding immigration tragedy. How ICE uses cruelty and fear to encourage self-deportation. Now the Trump administration wants to limit citizenship for legal immigrants (and more). Julissa Arce on how Trump hides his plutocratic agenda with racist scapegoating. Commerce secretary Wilbur Ross accused of stealing $120 million, stuffing pockets with free Sweet’N Low packets. What’s even worse than the swamp? The company that Trump kept. Paul Waldman on Rick Gates, Wilbur Ross and the lure of Trump corruption. One lesson of the many brazen, conspicuous scandals related to President Trump and others in his orbit: The U.S. government has been massively underinvesting in enforcement and prosecution of white-collar crime.

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