Baptiste Le Bihan (Geneva): The No-Self View and the Meaning of Life. Susan Thistlethwaite on the moral uses of cursing. How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism. The Brexit crisis finally engulfs the party that started it. FIFA urges World Cup broadcasters to show fewer shots of attractive women. Chinese government bans media criticism of President Trump. The backstory of how Ethiopia and Eritrea found peace after 20 years. Rosey Blair, the #PlaneBae matchmaker, apologizes for invading a woman’s privacy. Sridhar Natarajan and Gillian Tan on a banker, an intern and a reckoning for Wall Street bro culture. The bugs are winning: Jerome Groopman reviews Superbugs: An Arms Race Against Bacteria by William Hall, Anthony McDonnell, and Jim O’Neill.


From TNR, Sarah Jones on blue states’ regressive abortion laws: Amid fears that Roe v. Wade could be overturned, Democrats around the country are pushing legislation to address outdated statutes. Are Democrats crying wolf on threat to abortion rights? Trump’s values and the fate of abortion rights: The millions of voters who are not passionate about Roe v. Wade, pro or con, may be pulled to choose sides. Overturning Roe v. Wade could remake American politics. Scott Lemieux on 6 myths about Roe v. Wade, debunked: Roe is a much-criticized decision — most of the criticism is dead wrong.

How SCOTUS can stop abortions without overruling Roe. Roe block: Why Republicans don’t actually want to repeal Roe v. Wade. John Roberts is the Supreme Court’s new swing vote — is he going to overturn Roe v. Wade? How the Supreme Court kills Roe v. Wade (and more). Laura Bassett on how 5 men could overturn legal abortion in America. Men should worry about the future of Roe v. Wade, too. Here’s who we erase when Roe v. Wade is just about women’s rights. The war on women is already here. In many states, the end of Roe v. Wade is already here. What activists are doing to prepare for a world without Roe v. Wade. Katha Pollitt on how Roe isn’t going down without a fight.

Abortion is immoral, except when it comes to my mistresses.


Nicholas Burns on what America gets out of NATO. Yes, Russia is a threat to NATO — so are the alliance’s anti-democratic members. “Anger and disgust’ as Trump blows up NATO summit. Nicole Lafond on 5 times Trump has (already) caused a ruckus at the NATO summit. This remarkable exchange at NATO perfectly captures Trump’s ugly bad faith. Why would Trump so viciously attack Angela Merkel? (and more) Thread: “Trump’s assault on NATO and his assault on the GATT/WTO world trading system should be seen as being of a piece with each other”. Trump’s feud with Europe is worse than you think. Putin has already won: Trump’s blowup at the NATO summit is exactly what Russia hoped would happen. Thread: “#ButKavanaugh, right?”


From ProPublica, Alec MacGillis on the great Republican crack-up: Dayton was once a bastion of the GOP establishment — the story of how the city changed helps explain the rise of Donald Trump. Nancy LeTourneau in how Republican extremism became normalized. As Trumpism takes hold, Republicans face increasing pressure to embrace policies they once opposed. Nancy LeTourneau on what some Republicans say behind closed doors. In secret recording, GOP candidate made candid comments about party primaries. Self-described Nazis and white supremacists are running as Republicans across the country — the GOP is terrified. White fight: Donald Trump is leading the Republican charge to preserve a shrinking white majority. Seth Masket on three ways of governing as a minority party (and more).

With the Court following Donald Trump down the path of racism, misogyny, nativism, and deepening inequality, it would appear that yet another pillar of American democracy has crumbled. Trump’s delusions are about to blow up in his own voters’ faces. Is America choosing decline? The numbers are complicated — but actively undermining the postwar order isn’t helping. America the Loser: Even if Democrats do manage to retake one or both houses of Congress this November, the damage that Trump and Republican leaders have done to the country’s global standing cannot be repaired.


Orly Lobel (USD): Coase and the Platform Economy (“This Chapter analyzes the ways in which digital platforms such as Uber and Airbnb are perfecting the deal and lowering transaction costs”). Frank A. Pasquale (Maryland): Tech Platforms and the Knowledge Problem. Delete your account: Leif Weather on the theory of platform capitalism. John M. Newman (Memphis): Silicon Valley Rhetoric: Three Myths Debunked. Google and Facebook’s “kill zone”: “We’ve taken the focus off of rewarding genius and innovation to rewarding capital and scale”. The prosperity of the US has always depended on its ability to harness economic growth to technology-driven innovation — but right now Big Tech is as much a part of the problem as it is a part of the solution.


Amy Adler and Jeanne C. Fromer (NYU): Taking Intellectual Property into Their Own Hands. Trump appears to be on the lookout for people he can pardon as a way of firing up his base (and more and more). A lesson from twelve boys trapped in a cave and their coach. Despite criminal scandal, Michael Flynn joins consulting firm. AMLO isn’t Mexico’s Trump — nor is he Trump’s natural enemy. In honor of Trump visit, Brits launch campaign to lift “American Idiot” to top of the charts. Turkey’s Erdogan sworn in with new powers, names son-in-law finance minister. Trump’s attack on breastfeeding was outrageous — but it’s normal for the U.S. to put corporate profits above babies’ health. Is Elon Musk serious?

You want to troll French fascists? Tell them the truth — the most French man in the world right now is a black kid called Kylian Mbappe. England’s World Cup team is the anti-Brexit. World Cup 2018: Christopher de Bellaigue on English romance. “If England get beaten, so will she”.


Why you should give a shit about NATO: Trump thinks NATO is “obsolete” — here’s why he’s wrong. Trump derides NATO as “obsolete” — Baltic nations see it much differently. “They will die in Tallinn”: Estonia girds for war with Russia. These surprising countries could emerge as the heroes of NATO — and the liberal world order. Even the best-case scenario for what Trump does at the NATO summit is pretty grim. Thread: “I don't think we are fully grappling with the possibility that we could be on the on the cusp of a completely new era, a fundamental reshaping of the international order. And I don’t mean over the course of the Trump Administration. I mean by next week”.

Trump is training his base to hate NATO and like Putin. In Trump’s Russia summit, Putin holds all the cards. Roger Cohen on the Finlandization of the United States (and more). No matter what happens in Helsinki, Putin has already won.


Brett Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court’s shift to the right, cartoonsplained. Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination is the result of years of unopposed conservative organizing. Brett Kavanaugh and the fatal weakness of normcore politics: He’s a very normal Republican pick — that’s the problem. Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS confirmation is in the GOP’s hands: There are three Republican senators to watch — if they stay in line, nothing else matters. Eric Levitz on how Brett Kavanaugh’s qualifications don’t matter. After stealing SCOTUS seat, GOP blasts Dems for partisan opposition to Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh faces a tougher path to confirmation than Gorsuch — here’s why. If Democrats want to fight Brett Kavanaugh, they have a lot of ammunition (and more). Brian Beutler on Brett Kavanaugh’s Achilles heel. Brett Kavanaugh once argued that a sitting president is above the law — and that should be disqualifying (and more). A big question about Trump that Democrats must insist Kavanaugh answer.

Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh will deliver Republicans a majority on the Supreme Court — will he also prompt a reckoning among Democrats? The high-profile Supreme Court fight gives Democrats’ 2020 contenders a chance to make a mark. Don’t despair over the Supreme Court — get mad, then even (and more). Democrats must consider court-packing when they regain power — it’s the only way to save democracy.


From Diametros, a special section on Defining Death: Beyond Biology. What does it mean to die? When Jahi McMath was declared brain-dead by the hospital, her family disagreed — her case challenges the very nature of existence. Heine A. Holmen (Tromso): Why Die: A Philosophical Apology of Death. Budic Marina (Belgrade): Suicide, Euthanasia and the Duty to Die: A Kantian Approach to Euthanasia. Jessica Weisberg on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, death’s best friend. Marko Kovic, Adrian Rauchfleisch, and Christian Caspar (ZIPAR): Killing Death: Some Implications of Extending Human Lifespan Indefinitely. Controversial study suggests there’s no limit to human aging.


Michael Kraig on why China doesn’t want a denuclearized North Korea: For reasons of Northeast Asian geopolitics, it will be very hard for the North to completely give up all nuclear and missile capacities. by How Trump went from “fire and fury” to dismissing North Korean nuclear advances. Duyeon Kim on Kim Jong-un’s long game. Kim Jong Un has played Trump like a Stradivarius. Thread: “On the heels of Pompeo’s disastrous trip to North Korea, Trump took to Twitter today to insist Kim Jong Un signed a ‘contract’ to denuclearize & to blame China for any apparent NKorean backsliding. Here are some thoughts on where things stand”.

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