John Witte (Emory): Why No Polygamy. Texas property owners getting notices from Trump admin about surveying land for border wall. Ethiopia and Eritrea declare war “has come to an end”. The UK’s Brexit crisis, explained in 500 words. Zan Romanoff on a journey into the dark heart of celebrity relationship conspiracy theories. The Trump administration freeze on Obamacare’s risk adjustment payments, explained (and more). Why is America’s leading liberal magazine publishing its pieces with a Russian propaganda outlet? Glenn Greenwald tells Russians liberals are blaming them as excuse for Clinton. Katherine Cross on the dark side of “Plane Bae” and turning strangers into social media content. We are all public figures now.

When Donald meets Vladimir: Arshad Mohammed and Jeff Mason on the neophyte and the black belt. This is how Russia could test NATO, warns former US Army Europe commander. Trump is itching for a fight at NATO. Will Trump destroy NATO and every other American alliance? Trump poised to enter NATO meeting as wild card among allies. How is NATO funded, and why is President Trump trying to destroy it? Letting Europe go its own way: Sven Biscop on the case for strategic autonomy.


Dan Ciuriak (CIGI): America Unbound: The New New World Order in Trade? Brad W. Setser on U.S.-China trade war: How we got here. Why Trump might lose his trade war with China. How to lose a trade war: Trump’s tariffs are designed to inflict maximum damage on the U.S. economy (and more). Making America unemployed again: Trump’s global trade war is escalating and could cost thousands of American jobs. Trump’s big trade war bluff: When the president threatens to blow up the global economy, he is really playing to a domestic audience.

From Democracy Journal, a special section on trade and economic policy. Progressives need to think much harder about international political economy in general, and trade in particular, than, say, engaging in knee-jerk support of protectionist measures.


Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court? Here’s where Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stands on abortion, executive power, and guns. Ian Millhiser on the man Trump picked to kill Roe v. Wade. From Vox, the key senators to watch for Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation: Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski matter most; and Trump is starting to pressure red-state Democrats to support his Supreme Court pick. “Akil Ahmar wins this year’s Neal Katyal Award for meritorious service on behalf of contrarianism”. The Supreme Court vs. democracy: Even those most invested in the Court’s grandeur are finding it hard to defend its reality.

Jay Michaelson on the secrets of Leonard Leo, the man behind Trump’s Supreme Court pick. The guy behind Trump’s SCOTUS choices says no one knows if they’d overturn Roe v. Wade.


Michael J. Madison (Pittsburgh): The Football as Intellectual Property Object. Antonio Sotomayor (Illinois): Caribbean Soccer: Hispanoamericanismo and the Identity Politics of Futbol in Puerto Rico, 1898-1920s. Steven A. Bank (UCLA): Reforming FIFA from the Inside Out. Petros C. Mavroidis (Columbia): All Quiet in the Western (European Football) Front: Regulation of Football in the European Continent. Jamie Cleland (South Australia): The English Premier League in a Global Context. An interview with Simon Critchley, author of What We Think About When We Think About Soccer (and more). MLS player comes out, making him the only openly gay athlete in the 5 major sports leagues.

The World Cup? It is all about politics. England rising: How the World Cup and Gareth Southgate’s young, diverse team reawakened a sense of progressive English nationalism. Let’s not romanticise the World Cup: Can we share the joy of communal football watching without glossing over the toxic, discriminatory effects of its commodification? The world in a World Cup: If soccer is a window into human nature, why is it so hard to apply its insights to everyday life?


Mimi-Rose Evans, Chris Sumner and Matthew Shearing (Online Privacy Foundation), John E. Scofield (Missouri), Erin M. Buchanan (Missouri State): The Role of Personality, Authoritarianism and Cognition in the United Kingdom’s 2016 Referendum on European Union Membership. Paul D Beaumont (UMB): Brexit, Retrotopia, and the Perils of Post-Colonial Delusions. This is what the EU really thinks about Theresa May’s new Brexit plan. We are so monumentally screwed: Cancelling Brexit might spark a hard right backlash — but delivering Brexit definitely will. Will Brexit break the Conservatives? They’ve come through war, the end of Empire and not a few spats about Europe — but just occasionally a special sort of row arises, one that truly sinks the Tories. Jacek Rostowski on the decline and fall of Brexit.


Ruth Okediji (Harvard): Does Intellectual Property Need Human Rights? Bart van Leeuwen (Radboud) and Michael S. Merry (Amsterdam): Should the Homeless Be Forcibly Helped? From Vox, Jen Kirby on Jim Jordan and the Ohio State sexual abuse controversy, explained; and what Donald Trump and Jim Jordan really mean when they say “locker room talk”. Jim Jordan condemns others without mercy — his role in the Ohio State wrestling scandal should be judged the same way. Trump declares war on the #MeToo Movement. Will Trump be meeting with his counterpart — or his handler? Jonathan Chait on a plausible theory of mind-boggling collusion. Better does not mean good: You can’t defend injustices by pointing out that they’re slightly less bad than other injustices.

Scott Pruitt resigns, leaving behind a toxic mess at the EPA (and more). “Super polluting” trucks receive loophole on Pruitt’s last day. Goodbye to the worst EPA administrator of all time. Scott Pruitt’s resignation is just the start. Susan Glasser on John Kelly, Scott Pruitt, and the epic turnover of the Trump administration. Shift at EPA shows technocrats are replacing big-personality Cabinet members. Pruitt is gone — Congress still doesn’t care about ethics. Scott Pruitt must still be prosecuted for his crimes. Scott Pruitt’s exit shows the enduring value of hard-hitting journalism.


Adam J. Kolber (Brooklyn): Supreme Judicial Bullshit. The Supreme Court’s big abortion hypocrisy: The court lets crisis pregnancy centers have it both ways. How to resist bad Supreme Court rulings: Martha S. Jones on what Dred Scott teaches us about thwarting bad law. Justice Sotomayor is showing her liberal peers on SCOTUS how to be a potent minority voice. This is no time for liberal despair: It’s time for a bottom-up progressive movement to counter a conservative Supreme Court. Don’t pack the courts: Liberals should seek not to emulate President Trump’s contempt for democratic institutions and the rule of law by rigging the judiciary. Is the Supreme Court’s legitimacy undermined in a polarized age?


Goncalo Cholant and Isabel Caldeira (Coimbra): Homeland (In)Security: A Racial House Called America. Joanna Burch-Brown (Bristol): Is It Wrong to Topple Statues and Rename Schools? Most people think “whiteness” is innate — they’re wrong: It was created to keep black people from voting. Beyond “race relations”: An interview with Barbara Fields and Karen Fields, authors of Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life, on the illusion of race, the dead-end of “whiteness”, and the need to revive class politics. Fred Harris and Alan Curtis on the unmet promise of equality. White people explain classics to us: Yung In Chae on epistemic injustice in the everyday experiences of racial minorities.

W. Ralph Eubanks (Mississippi): What Makes Me Black? What Makes You White? David Simson (UCLA): Whiteness as Innocence. Linda Villarosa on why America’s black mothers and babies are in a life-or-death crisis. Is “colonizer” the best word for problematic white people ever? Meme wars: Wesley Yang on why the racial future of America hinges upon Asian Americans. Maiysha Kai reviews Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper (and more and more). Dear white people: If a memorial dedicated to lynchings of black people makes you uncomfortable, good. America will only remain “majority white” if blacks remain an underclass.

Taunya Lovell Banks (Maryland): Multiracial Malaise: Multiracial as a Legal Racial Category. Luca Provenzano interviews Bernard E. Harcourt, author of The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens. George Yancy: “Should I give up on white people? The racial hatred I experienced almost broke my spirit. But I found some light in the darkness”. The end of civil rights: Across immigration, policing, criminal justice, and voting rights, the attorney general is pushing an agenda that could erase many of the legal gains of modern America's defining movement. A political philosophy of self-defense: Self-defense is not merely an individual right, it is collective political resistance.

David Simson (UCLA): Fool Me Once, Shame on You; Fool Me Twice, Shame on You Again: How Disparate Treatment Doctrine Perpetuates Racial Hierarchy. Bryan Stevenson on what well-meaning white people need to know about race. Brown existence anxiety: Rafia Zakaria on how the courts and the culture are building an edifice of exclusion. From The Root, Damon Young on 40 ways white people say “white people” without actually saying “white people”; and 30 ways white people say “black people” without actually saying “black people”. Daniel Denvir interviews Brandon M. Terry and Tommie Shelby, editors of To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr. (and more).

Cedric Merlin Powell (Louisville): The Rhetorical Allure of Post-Racial Process Discourse and the Democratic Myth. Vanessa Bee on how we can get a more equal union. The new lynching memorial and legacy museum force us to bear witness to our whole American truth (and more and more and more). Jelani Cobb on Starbucks and the issue of white space. Darryl Pinckney reviews We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Michael Harriot on the oppression of white America. This is your America: Neil Roberts on why Frederick Douglass still matters. Donald Trump asked, “what do you have to lose?” — this Illinois town found out.

Paul Jargowsky (Rutgers-Camden): The Persistence of Segregation in the 21st Century. James McWilliams (Texas State): White Tribe Rising. Robert Greene reviews The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America by Anders Walker. “Diversity of thought” is just a euphemism for “white supremacy”. Black kids are way more likely to be punished in school than white kids, study finds. America is more diverse than ever — but still segregated. The first chapter from Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics by Avidit Acharya, Matthew Blackwell and Maya Sen.


The Democrats are moving Left, and the real work is just starting. Can today’s liberals hope to match the achievements of LBJ’s presidency? Michael Kazin reviews Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson’s White House by Joshua M. Zeitz. “Anarchist” is often hurled as a slur — but can anarchists teach us something about democracy? In an age of a resurgent radical right wing in both America and much of the rest of the world, the prevalence of the phony Left in its various guises is a serious barrier to political and social progress. “I want to talk about the DSA”: Benjamin Studebaker on why the Left is not a church. The Left shouldn’t fear nationalism — it should embrace it. Jeffrey C. Isaac on why there can be no democratic Left without an energetic Left: Some thoughts on disagreement.

Phillip Deery (Victoria): American Communism. Fighting words: No, “liberal” and “progressive” aren’t synonyms — they have completely different histories and the differences matter (and more). Maximillian Alvarez on antifascism and the Left’s fear of power: History will move with or without us. Liberals, it’s not about being nice: The hand-wringing about whether liberals should be more accommodating misses the point. Radical Democrats are pretty reasonable: Don’t make false equivalence with the Tea Party, or even with the mainstream GOP. R.I.P., liberal contrarianism: Before #Slatepitch became a punchline, Slate (and others) really did thrive on a certain kind of anti-liberalism; it’s dead now — well, almost.

From Current Affairs, Nathan Robinson on why certain arguments against socialism do not succeed (and more); and don’t use the Right’s assumptions to make the Left’s arguments. Conservatives will always call socialists hypocrites — ignore them. “If you grow up poor and advocate for socialism, it’s envy. If you grow up middle class, you’re just a corn-fed hipster trying to be contrarian. If you’re well-off, your socialism is privilege. There is no ideologically correct way of being a socialist”.


From the New Yorker, is Trump the second coming of Reagan? Fox News’s Bret Baier wants you to think he just might be. Nancy LeTourneau on the poisoning of American discourse by right-wing media. The Fox News-fake news-Trump nexus: Sanford Schram and Richard Fording on the link between political orientation and the inclination to believe fake news. From Bible study to Google: How some Christian conservatives fact-check the news and end up confirming their existing beliefs. Stephane Wolton (LSE): Are Biased Media Bad for Democracy? Tim Miller on the media’s undeniable pro-Trump bias. “Is this a thing, is this a boom?”: How Washington copes with the insane Trump-era news cycle.

In Trump era, the death of the White House press conference. Jay Rosen on why Trump is winning and the press is losing. The case for even tougher media coverage of Trump.

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