From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Campaign Finance Law: An Analysis of Key Issues, Recent Developments, and Constitutional Considerations for Legislation; and a report on the State of Campaign Finance Policy: Recent Developments and Issues for Congress. 18 things we learned about money in politics in 2018: From dark money to mystery spies, it was a busy year for money in politics Ciara Torres-Spelliscy. After Citizens United, a vicious cycle of corruption: Unconstrained outside spending on elections is corrosive to our democracy. Justice Alito, you owe President Obama an apology. Bertrall L. Ross (UC-Berkeley): Addressing Inequality in the Age of Citizens United. Running for office is really hard if you’re not a millionaire. The first chapter from The Cash Ceiling: Why Only the Rich Run for Office — and What We Can Do about It by Nicholas Carnes.


Adam Slavny and Tom Parr (Essex): What’s Wrong with Risk? To Hanoi and back again: Thomas Gaulkin interviews Bruce Cumings. A new study shows America’s drug overdose crisis is by far the worst among wealthy countries. Katie Heaney in why we can’t get enough of scams. Daniel Drezner on how the ideas industry midwifed Matt Gaetz. Finally seeing Andrea: Jeremy Lybarger reviews Last Days at Hot Slit: The Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin, ed. Johanna Fateman and Amy Scholder. Johanna Fateman on the power of Andrea Dworkin’s rage. Seth Hettena on how Robert Mueller changed Washington. Min Hyoung Song on the world of Asian American Studies. The US launched a cyberattack on a Russian troll factory during the 2018 midterms.

Sandrine Kott (Geneva): Competing Internationalisms: The Third Reich and the ILO. Can the Green New Deal make it through Congress? “Here’s the system; it sucks”: Meet the Hill staffers hired by Ocasio-Cortez to upend Washington. Michael Cohen’s explosive opening statement about Trump, annotated (and more and more and more and more). Michael Cohen’s testimony is the first hearing in President Trump’s impeachment. Can the Senate decline to try an impeachment case? What it would take: Can impeachment appear legitimate in a hyper-partisan universe? Here is the only impeachment guide you’ll ever need. Our understanding of Malcolm X is inextricably linked to his autobiography, but newly discovered materials force us to reexamine his legacy.


From Contemporary European History, a roundtable: “Contemporary European Historians on Brexit”. Sandra Kroger (Exeter): Assessing the Democratic Legitimacy of the 2016 Brexit Referendum. Stop looking for meaning in Brexit: This wasn’t some great multi-decade reckoning — it wasn’t foreordained, it was a series of accidents. Fool Britannia: Hari Kunzru reviews Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain by Fintan O’Toole. Adam Ramsay on Brexit, dark money and Big Data: An investigation into the financing of Brexit. Dark money is pushing for a no-deal Brexit — who is behind it? Philip Pettit on why Brexit distorts the will of the people. Theresa May just offered another Brexit option: to delay. May and Corbyn’s desperate, last-ditch moves to stop the Brexit crash-out.

Sionaidh Douglas-Scott (Oxford): Brexit and the Scottish Question. Brexit’s Irish border problem, explained. Nicole Martin, Maria Sobolewska, and Neema Begum (Manchester): Left Out of the Left Behind: Ethnic Minority Support for Brexit. Moira Dustin, Nuno Ferreira and Susan Millns (Sussex): Brexit: Using Gender and Queer Lenses; and Brexit, Gender Justice and the Overton Window. Isaac Chotiner interviews David Runciman on Brexit and the crisis in Britain’s Labour Party. Renewed Labour: McDonnell has a burning task on his hands. We need a political party that is tough on the causes of Brexit. Nicholas Spice on loathing Rees-Mogg.


Wendy A. Bach (Tennessee): Prosecuting Poverty, Criminalizing Care. What’s the point of Modern Monetary Theory? Race and class are old bases of political divisions — gender is different: Electoral politics didn’t used to divide women and men. Rotten Tomatoes is changing its rating system because of trolls. Cable news learned nothing from 2016 — Sarah Isgur’s hire is proof. This Black History Month, let’s recognize the African-American prisoners who helped build America. There is still a way out of Venezuela’s stalemate. How Venezuela’s pro-democracy movement has learned from past mistakes. Can female politicians make America healthy again? Attack on Argentina’s chief rabbi raises fears of antisemitism.

Greggor Mattson (Oberlin): Are Gay Bars Closing? Trends in United States Gay Bar Listings, 1977-2017. U.S. is a rich country with symptoms of a developing nation. Josh Marshall on an important lesson about election and voter fraud. After India’s strike on Pakistan, both sides leave room for de-escalation (and more). “Get ready for our surprise”: Pakistan warns India it will respond to airstrikes (and more). Republicans already are demonizing Democrats as socialists and baby killers. Dianne Feinstein is a bigger climate threat than Trump. Many Americans want a new national story: How about this one? Here’s a good rule: When you are elected president, you sell all of your investments and businesses.


Has Facebook been good for the world? 15 influencers weigh in on the company’s 15th birthday. Where friendships go to never quite die: On its 15th anniversary, a look at how Facebook has changed social life by keeping weak connections on life support forever. People love Facebook so much they wouldn’t quit unless we paid them — a lot. Facebook remade the Internet in its hideous image. Ali Breland on 10 years of privacy violations, disinformation, and friend requests from Facebook. Anti-vaxx propaganda has gone viral on Facebook — Pinterest has a cure. Kara Swisher interviews Roger McNamee, author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe (and more and more and more).

Dina Srinivasan (Yale): The Antitrust Case Against Facebook. Facebook’s most intriguing new hires aren’t in Silicon Valley — they’re in Washington. Mark Zuckerberg promised a clear history tool almost a year ago — where is it? “I was a Facebook fact-checker. It was like playing a doomed game of Whack-A-Mole”. The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America.


Helen Ryland (Birmingham): Getting Away with Murder: Why Virtual Murder in MMORPGs Can Be Wrong on Kantian Grounds. Labour Party leader, under pressure, backs a new Brexit referendum. Should libraries be the keepers of their cities’ public data? “We fell in love”: Trump and Kim shower praise, stroke egos on path to nuclear negotiations. Hanoi summit nightmare scenario: Bad deals and little change. AP Explains: How to verify North Korea’s nukes. On the eve of Trump-Kim summit 2, what next for US and North Korea? What “success” in Trump-North Korea talks could look like. The Democrats stole the Green Party’s best idea. The shutdown made Sara Nelson into America’s most powerful flight attendant. What the Mueller report should look like.

Half the land in Oklahoma could be returned to Native Americans — it should be. Why Democrats need to be ready to kill the filibuster (and more and more). Venezuela’s opposition pushes for military force to topple Maduro (and more). Mike Pence promises Venezuelan opposition: “We are with you 100 percent” (and more). A judge has ruled the male-only military draft unconstitutional — what happens now? The federal debt is rising — concern is not. Around 2,000 artifacts have been saved from the ruins of Brazil’s National Museum fire. A world without clouds: A state-of-the-art supercomputer simulation indicates that a feedback loop between global warming and cloud loss can push Earth’s climate past a disastrous tipping point in as little as a century. Science: You’re definitely worrying about the wrong things.


Zachary Parolin (Antwerp) and David Brady (UC-Riverside): Extreme Child Poverty and the Role of Social Policy in the United States. How cities make money by fining the poor. Millions of Americans are one missed paycheck away from poverty, report says. America is poorer than it thinks: Statistics don’t quite capture the extent of U.S. poverty — a new measure could change that. Thread: “Here’s a remarkable fact: Dollar stores are now feeding more Americans than Whole Foods is – even though most dollar stores have no fresh food, only a limited selection of packaged items”. Dollar stores understand the age of inequality better than almost any other business.

Mary Brimmer (Skidmore): A Silver Lining: The Role of Optimism in Overcoming Poverty in Early Life. Heather Boushey interviews Hilary Hoynes on federal social safety net programs. Where government is a dirty word, but its checks pay the bills. Consolation prizes: Alex Pareene on the Right’s bid to short-circuit inequality with cheap gizmos. The important questions about universal basic income haven’t been answered yet. Dylan Matthews on 5 anti-poverty plans from 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, explained.


Mikhail Sokolov and Nadezhda Sokolova (EUSP): Class Cultures or Micro-class Cultures? An Analysis of Literary Tastes of Occupational Groups. The Kalashnikov assault rifle changed the world — now there’s a Kalashnikov kamikaze drone. Corey Townsend on surviving the potential damage done by Jussie Smollett (and more and more). The last 48 hours in Venezuela news, explained. What we get wrong about the roots of slavery in America. This is an emergency, damn it: Green New Deal critics are missing the bigger picture. How Varshini Prakash and the Sunrise Movement are making people actually care about climate change. The hard lessons of Dianne Feinstein’s encounter with the young Green New Deal activists.

Nathan Cofnas (Oxford): Power in Cultural Evolution and the Spread of Prosocial Norms. The suspiciously sexist views of Amy Klobuchar’s management style, explained (and more). Will the United States support Malaysia’s fragile democratic experiment? The week in anti-Semitism: The surge of hatred is increasingly hard to ignore. Presumed guilty: Sean Wilentz reviews Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation by Ken Starr. Why doesn’t the “voter fraud” crowd care about what happened in North Carolina? “It is not a closet. It is a cage”: Gay Catholic priests speak out. The think-tank dilemma: Yoichi Funabashi laments that independent research institutions are facing a triple crisis just when they are needed most.


Are we headed toward the worst-case climate change scenario? (and more) We need to accept we’re likely underestimating the climate crisis. Time to panic: The planet is getting warmer in catastrophic ways — and fear may be the only thing that saves us (and more). Climate disaster is upon us: The question is no longer whether or not we are going to fail, but how are we going to comport ourselves in the era of failure? The best of a bad situation: This is what extinction feels like from the inside. “Everything is not going to be okay”: How to live with constant reminders that the Earth is in trouble. Why so we fail when we try to tell the story of climate change? Perhaps we don’t want to see climate horrors clearly. The end of the story: Susan Mathews reviews The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells. The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change (and more).

From Lawfare, Michelle Melton on climate change and national security (and part 2 and part 3). White House prepares to scrutinize intelligence agencies’ finding that climate change threatens national security. Rising tides will sink global order: Global warming will produce national extinctions and international insurgencies — and change everything you think you know about foreign policy. How governments react to climate change: Isaac Chotiner interviews Joel Wainwright and Geoff Mann, authors of Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future. How to cut U.S. emissions faster? Do what these countries are doing. We can’t save everything from climate change — here’s how to make choices.

Federico Luisetti (St. Gallen): Geopower: On the States of Nature of Late Capitalism. Climate and economic risks “threaten 2008-style systemic collapse”. Unhinged GDP growth could actually destroy the economy, economists find. From the Climate Leadership Council, here is the “Economists’ Statement on Carbon Dividends”, the largest public statement of economists in history. How Google, Microsoft, and Big Tech are automating the climate crisis. If property rights were real, climate-destroying companies would be sued out of existence. Karel Ludenhoff on Marx, socialism and the ecology. Paul S. Adler on responding to the climate emergency: Socialism or barbarism.


Ruth Kinna and Thomas Swann (Loughborough) and Alex Prichard (Exeter): Occupy and the Constitution of Anarchy. Robert Mueller’s “collusion” case so far, explained. The Mueller report is coming — here’s what to expect (and more). No excuses: Only full disclosure of Mueller’s findings will do. Four principles for reading the Mueller report. Blackface, KKK hoods and mock lynchings: Review of 900 yearbooks finds blatant racism. Microsoft reveals new Russian hacking attempts. Max Boot defends Elliott Abrams’s account of U.S. policy in El Salvador. The bizarre election fraud hearings that could lead to a new House election in North Carolina, explained. How racism has shaped the American farming landscape. Has the Supreme Court already decided the wall case?

The year Black Lives Matter in Brazil: Death of young black man in Rio prompts protests, comparisons to Eric Garner. The classicist who sees Donald Trump as a tragic hero: Isaac Chotiner interviews Victor Davis Hanson, author of The Case for Trump. Is the #Resistance just a branding exercise? It was supposed to be a movement, but it’s little more than hashtag opposition. Anti-Semitic attacks fuel continuing rise in hate crimes in New York. Jennifer Schuessler on the Obama presidential library that isn’t. Jussie Smollett’s arrest doesn’t diminish the reality of hate crimes (and more). Amazon isn’t interested in making the world a better place. “Never again?” — it’s already happening: We’re ignoring China’s Uighur concentration camps.

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