From Washington Monthly, a special section on the 52-state strategy: Ben Paviour on the case for D.C.: D.C. statehood would be a boon for Democrats — but to make it happen, the party will have to get over its squeamishness about expanding its own power; and Rebecca Pilar Buckwalter-Poza on the case for Puerto Rico: Ending the island’s colonial status would right a historic wrong — and permanently change the political map. Lara Putnam and Theda Skocpol on how women are rebuilding the Democratic Party from the ground up. Letitia Stein, Susan Cornwell and Joseph Tanfani go inside the progressive movement trying to take over the Democratic Party.

Democrats vote to strip power from superdelegates (and more). Race is still the central dividing line in the Democratic Party.


Sonia Katyal (UC-Berkeley): The Public Good in Poetic Justice. West Virginia governor accused of stacking state Supreme Court with Republicans. Jan Smolenski interviews Agnes Heller: Orban is a tyrant. Timur Kuran and Dani Rodrik on the economic costs of Erdogan. An N.Y.U. sexual-harassment case has spurred a necessary conversation about #MeToo. From the Weekly Standard, Stephen F. Hayes on the real McCain. From Splinter, Paul Blest on the myth of John McCain. Trump rejected plans for a White House statement praising McCain. Kevin Gallagher on the eclipse of Catholic fusionism. Garry Wills on the priesthood of the big crazy. What the hell is happening with Australia’s prime minister, explained.

From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Election Security: Issues in the 2018 midterm elections. The Trump White House doesn’t want untainted elections. Tech companies are gathering for a secret meeting to prepare a 2018 election strategy. “This is now the new normal”: Emily Stewart interviews Theresa Payton on why cybersecurity risks aren’t going away.


What happens when that goombah from Palookaville becomes President? Why Manafort and Cohen thought they’d get away with it. I’m beginning to suspect these were not in fact the best people. A lone holdout juror actually made it more likely that Paul Manafort will go to jail even if Trump pardons him. Jim Baker on Donald Trump, Twitter and presidential power to interpret the law for the executive branch. Gather round, everyone — it’s time to play “find the collusion”. No collusion? We’ll see — but what about tax fraud? Peter Wehner on the full-spectrum corruption of Donald Trump: Everyone and everything he touches rots.

What will Mueller do? The answer might lie in a by-the-book past. Oona Hathaway on the three options for prosecuting Trump. Republicans secretly study their coming hell. Congressional Republicans are failing the test of Trump (and more: “These 50 people differ from all other Americans”). Why pardoning his associates would be the end of the Trump presidency. Trump’s contempt for the law will be his downfall.

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