Paul Krugman (CUNY): Globalization: What Did We Miss? The “madman” behind Trump’s trade theory: Peter Navarro — a business-school professor, a get-rich guru, a former Peace Corps member, and a former Democrat — is among the most important generals in Trump’s trade war. Trump’s tariffs haven’t really transformed trade — yet. America’s postindustrial futures: The current administration’s controversial “America First” trade policies have tapped into a pervasive feeling of abandonment across the postindustrial United States — but not all former factory workers are interested in reviving American industry. The single most important vote of the 116th Congress will be on trade: specifically, the NAFTA replacement — we have absolutely no idea where the new legislators stand on it.


Henry Farrell (George Washington) and Bruce Schneier (Harvard): Common-Knowledge Attacks on Democracy. Scientists build atomic clocks accurate enough to measure changes in spacetime itself. The “good guy with the gun” is never black: The deaths of Emantic Bradford and Jemel Roberson remind us who the Second Amendment protects. Ivanka Trump’s email controversy, explained. How big is Mueller’s latest bombshell? Julia Kristeva: “Bulgaria, post-Totalitarian Europe and me”. Sears is not a failure: The retail giant may have reached the end of its run, but it’s been around longer than the four most valuable companies in the world — Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Alphabet — combined.


From LARB, a post-mortem of the 2018 midterm elections with Ben Fountain. Democrats made gains on redistricting, but the game’s not over yet. Democrats smash Watergate record for House popular vote in midterms. Meet the new freshmen in Congress: More Democrats, diversity and women. Freshmen women of color are not the new tea party. What a new crop of veteran-lawmakers means for Democrats. Nancy Pelosi is going to be speaker again — what Democrats need now is a TV talking head. What can House Democrats accomplish with their new oversight and investigative powers? For first act in power, Democrats consider making their own agenda impossible to pass. House Democrats will start with political reform — it may be doomed. Will Democrats back a “Green New Deal”?

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