From ThinkProgress, Diana Ofosu on an in-depth look at demographics in the 2018 midterm election. 2018 midterms offered more proof that split-ticket voting is a thing of the past. Stacey Abrams is not undermining democracy: Just because an election is legal doesn’t mean it’s legitimate. Our broken election system is “run by people with stake in the outcome”: Hope Reese interviews Charles L. Zelden, author of Bush v. Gore: Exposing the Hidden Crisis in American Democracy. Democrats nearly got wiped out in Ohio and can’t figure out what to do next. No, Democrats didn’t win the Senate — but they did better than it seems. What should American progressives learn from the midterms?

From TPM, Mike Konczal and Nell Abernathy on why Democrats must become the party of freedom: By reclaiming the idea of “freedom”, Democrats can push back on America’s rightward drift. Two cheers for socialism: Why liberals need enemies on the Left. America already has a centrist party — it’s called the Democrats. Chris Den Hartog (Cal Poly) and Timothy Nokken (Texas Tech): New Conservatives, Amendments, and Party Loyalty. How California conservatives became the intellectual engine of Trumpism. Sam Tanenhaus on how Trumpism will outlast Trump.

Daniel Stone (Bowdoin): “Unmotivated Bias” and Partisan Hostility: Empirical Evidence. The new economy and the Trump rump: Why we went from regional divide to political chasm. The midterm elections revealed that America is in a cold civil war. Divided we stand: The country is hopelessly split — so why not make it official and break up? The case for the union: The country is divided — we should still fight for it.

Oona A. Hathaway, Alexandra Francis, Aaron Haviland, Srinath Reddy Kethireddy, and Alyssa Yamamoto (Yale): Yemen: Is the U.S. Breaking the Law? Enough is enough: End the war in Yemen. U.S. stocks just erased all their 2018 gains — here’s why. Outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown has a new job: Preventing nuclear war. Five new books touch on American Jewish identity and what will sustain it into the future. The number of asylum seekers has risen by 2,000% in 10 years — who should get to stay? Killing of Khashoggi tests U.S. defense industry as backlash builds on Capitol Hill. Chess is back: The World Championship between Fabiano Caruana and Magnus Carlsen features controversy, glamor, charges of "fake news," and Woody Harrelson?

From Perspectives on History, why read Why Learn History (when it’s already summarized in this article)? The oldest true stories in the world: Evidence gathered in recent years shows that some ancient narratives contain remarkably reliable records of real events. Reading “Theses on Theory and History” — a manifesto decrying the state of history as a discipline — left Scott McLemee feeling, in Yogi Berra's haunting words, “deja vu all over again”. Weird writers of history: If the English language had taken a different path, historians might not exist. The case for applied history: Can the study of the past really help us to understand the present?

The invention of world history: For most of history, different peoples, cultures and religious groups have lived according to their own calendars — then, in the 11th century, a Persian scholar attempted to create a single, universal timeline for all humanity. Our addiction to stories keeps us from understanding history: Angela Chen interviews Alex Rosenberg, author of How History Gets Things Wrong: The Neuroscience of Our Addiction to Stories (and more and more and more). How would you draw history? When cracks start to appear in the world order, the old textbook timeline just won’t do.