From Congressional Research Service, a report on the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex: Overview of Department of Energy Sites. How Obama made it easier for Trump to launch a nuke — maybe we should talk about this? Meet the nuclear weapons nerds. Cynthia Lazaroff on the dawn of a new Armageddon. The vanishing nuclear taboo? Nina Tannenwald on how disarmament fell apart. Why the arms race is still white hot decades after the Cold War ended — and how to stop it. Can Trump abrogate the INF Treaty without Congress? Why nuclear weapons are shaping up as a big 2020 campaign issue.


Koshka Duff (Sussex): The Criminal is Political: Real Existing Liberalism and the Construction of the Criminal. How alarmed should we be about Wisconsin? Verizon says its media brand is essentially worthless. The fiery meeting between Trump, Schumer, and Pelosi about the border wall, explained. One year of #MeToo: Allyson Hobbs on the legacy of Black women’s testimonies. The voice of Hobsbawm: How the Marxist ideas of a British historian ended up on the bookshelves of Indian civil servants and Brazilian housewives. Hate Amazon? Try living without it. Why criticism of Amazon isn’t sticking: Despite an elite backlash, the public still loves a good deal. John Holbo on hack gaps and noble lies. Yep, Bitcoin was a bubble — and it popped.

Luke Mogelson goes inside the chaos of the gilets jaunes protests. From sans culottes to gilets jaunes: Sylvain Cypel on Macron’s Marie Antoinette moment. Macron studied Machiavelli — but did he learn the key lesson? Macron wanted to lead the world — now he’s struggling to lead France. Will the violent “yellow vest” protests backfire? Not necessarily, our research finds. Can the Yellow Vest movement remake French politics?


Raymond J. Pingree, Brian Watson, Kathleen Searles, Nathan P. Kalmoe, Joshua P. Darr, Martina Santia, and Kirill Bryanov (LSU) and Mingxiao Sui (Ferrum): Checking Facts and Fighting Back: Why Journalists Should Defend Their Profession. From Time, for taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts, for speaking up and for speaking out, the Guardians — Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo — are the magazine’s Person of the Year. Is the media making American politics worse? Ezra Klein interviews Jay Rosen, founder of PressThink. What makes a great movie about journalism?

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