Welcome to the new age of nuclear instability. U.S. withdraws from nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, paving the way for a new arms race (and more). John Bolton is a serial arms control killer. Warren unveils bill barring U.S. from initiating a nuclear holocaust. America’s other big plan for nuclear weapons (and it has nothing to do with war or Russia). Russia denies report it made secret offer to build nuke plant for Pyongyang. The Korean peace process: American foreign policy hasn’t done any real thinking in two years. North Korea says continued US sanctions put denuclearization at risk. Splashy summits and Nobel Prize talk are a sideshow: The real power behind peace on the Korean Peninsula isn’t Donald Trump or even Kim Jong-un — it’s South Korean President Moon Jae-in.


Erik Peterson (Texas A&M): Paper Cuts: How Reporting Resources Affect Political News Coverage. Maria Canellopoulou-Bottis (Ionian): Utilitarianism v. Deontology: A Philosophy for Copyright. Aja Romano on why everyone hates the Patriots. Why Tony Romo is a genius at football commentary. The racist politics of the English language: How we went from “racist” to “racially tinged”. Why some journalists have a hard time saying the word “racist”. Rhae Lynn Barnes on the troubling history behind Ralph Northam’s blackface (and more and more). On well-intended white folks: Christopher Emdin on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the making of a public image.

Lisa M. Austin (Toronto): The Public Nature of Private Property. Paul Krugman on the attack of the fanatical centrists. Want a third party? Think again. Howard Schultz is Democrats’ chance to bury Clintonism forever. David Leonhardt on the six forms of media bias. Cory Booker is a genuinely distinctive Democrat on one big issue: criminal justice (and more). From Axios, insider leaks Trump’s “Executive Time”-filled private schedules. Irin Carmon on a false war over late abortion. The Great Texas Immigrant Voter Hunt shoots itself in the foot. “2020 class warfare?”: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Left face off against billionaires in a fight to tax the rich.


Dimitris Xygalatas (UConn): What Fuses Sports Fans? Paul Campos on the psychological economics of sports fandom. Carl Stempel (CSUEB): Sport, Social Class, and Cultural Capital: Building on Bourdieu and His Critics. John T. Holden (Oklahoma State): Ghosts in the Machine: How Corrupters Manipulate Games that Never Happened. Kevin M. Kniffin and Dylan Palacio (Cornell): Trash-Talking and Trolling. Manav Kant and Lisa R. Goldberg (UC-Berkeley): Extreme Shooters in the NBA. Something is rotten about baseball free agency. Itamar Caspi, Yuval Mazar, Noam Michelson, and Shay Tsur (Bank of Israel): Does Guilt Affect Performance? Evidence from Penalty Kicks in Soccer. MLS finally learned it doesn’t need to compete with the premiership to matter. Tom Scocca on sports divisions, ranked.

Was the NFL’s success this season just a “dead cat bounce”? Since the NFL anthem protests, white fans like the white players more — and the black ones less. Does the Super Bowl feel too political? Thank American militarism. Should we keep politics out of sports? Brands pay for the privilege of uttering the phrase “Super Bowl”. Would our early ancestors have watched the Super Bowl? Super Bowl LIII to feature male cheerleaders for the first time.


David Schorr (Tel Aviv): Savagery, Civilization, and Property: Theories of Societal Evolution and Commons Theory. Skirting U.S. sanctions, Europeans open new trade channel to Iran. We obsess about death, so why don’t we think more about being born? The constitutional crisis already at the border. The chances of Donald Trump declaring a national emergency at the border just went way up. How labor can win the next shutdown. Why some on the Left aren’t sold on new anti-shutdown legislation. Roger Stone shows how much better it is to get arrested when you’re rich. Anti-vaxxers are among the WHO’s top 10 global health threats, and Ebola fake news is killing people.

Sara Bernstein Notre Dame): The Metaphysics of Intersectionality. The MAGA hat is not a statement of policy — it’s an inflammatory declaration of identity (and more). The peculiar logic of the Trump Russia scandal deniers. Howard Schultz doesn’t understand American history: The most effective third-party presidential candidates were polarizers, not centrists (and more and more). Michael Bloomberg’s secret plans to take down Trump. How the relationship between Trump and Bloomberg went into a tailspin. U.S. midwest freezes, Australia burns: This is the age of weather extremes. Modern weather forecasts are stunningly accurate. The U.S. has slipped out of the top 20 countries in a worldwide corruption index.


Inside Facebook’s “cult-like” workplace, where dissent is discouraged and employees pretend to be happy all the time. How secrecy fuels Facebook paranoia. Social media is rotting democracy from within: How social platforms enable far-right politicians’ campaigns to undermine democracy. An anti-Facebook manifesto, by an early Facebook investor: Tom Bissell reviews Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe by Roger McNamee. Megathread of Facebook’s terrible, horrible, no-good eternity. Mark Zuckerberg gives the best-case scenario for Facebook — here’s the worst case. The facts about Facebook: Zuckerberg wants to redefine “transparency, choice and control” — let's not give him consent.

Most Americans don’t know how much Facebook knows about them. We should be able to take Facebook to court: A privacy violation is a real harm. Facebook won’t fix itself: Facebook keeps saying it will do better — then doesn’t. This time, Facebook is not apologizing for the latest scandal. Facebook posts record $6.9 billion profit despite privacy scandals. A simple, yet radical solution to solve Facebook’s problems. “It’s crucial to break up Facebook”: Asher Schechter interviews Tim Wu, author of The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age.


Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): Taking Back Control? The Future of Western Democratic Capitalism. From New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Heather Perez reviews The Jersey Shore: The Past, Present and Future of a National Treasure by Dominick Mazzagetti. The polar vortex is bringing life-threatening wind chills — but are cold snaps deadlier than heat waves? Midwest temperature change is no match for these seven major temperature swings in history. Workers missed two paychecks during the government shutdown — that would be an emergency for many Americans (and more and more). Harry Brighouse on Erik Olin Wright, the thinker and the person (and more). Europe needs to show Britain the door: Continuing British membership in the European Union would be poisonous. Here’s why the attack on Jussie Smollett is so devastating for the Black queer community.

Political moderation needs to be saved from the madness of Howard Schultz: An egomaniacal billionaire is the opposite of everything good about moderate thinking (and more and more). Meet Maurice Duverger, the dead Frenchman who proved that Howard Schultz is an arrogant twit (and more). Brian Beutler on Howard Schultz and the plutocrat revolt. Should billionaires even exist? Turns out Americans actually do want to tax the rich. Meet the folk hero of Davos: Dylan Matthews interviews Rutger Bregman, author of Utopia for Realists, who told the rich to stop dodging taxes. Our fundamental fiscal problem isn’t too much spending — it’s not enough revenue. When it comes to the 2020 election, Wall Street can’t have it all.


As a deep freeze grips the US, Chicago will be colder than parts of Antarctica. Jennifer Francis on how frigid polar vortex blasts are connected to global warming. Here’s how global warming leads to colder winters in the Northeast (and more). Extremes of weather: One of the greatest symptoms of climate change. The planet has seen sudden warming before — it wiped out almost everything. Across America, climate change is already disrupting lives. Americans are worried about climate change — but don’t want to pay much to fix it. Billionaires are the leading cause of climate change: As the world faces environmental disaster on a biblical scale, it’s important to remember exactly who brought us here. In the face of climate apocalypse, the rich have been devising escape plans — what happens when they opt out of democratic preparation for emergencies? Climate action must now focus on the global rich and their corporations.

If you can’t deny it, downplay it: How capitalists talk about climate change. A science journal funded by Peter Thiel is running articles dismissing climate change and evolution. Many Americans think that climate-change deniers “get what they deserve” when disasters strike. “Innovation”: David Roberts on the latest GOP smokescreen on climate change policy. A coal baron’s takeover of the EPA is nearly complete: Andrew Wheeler used to lobby for Murray Energy — now he’s making its CEO’s deregulatory dreams a reality. Trump used the polar vortex to mock global warming — this map shows how wrong he is. NOAA seems to be fact checking Trump: Is it trolling, if scientists who know what they’re talking about do it?


Jennifer Mnookin (UCLA): The Uncertain Future of Forensic Science. U.S. intel chief disputes Trump on North Korea and ISIS (and more). The real wall isn’t at the border — it’s everywhere, and we’re fighting against the wrong one. Kamala Harris and the Democrats’ Medicare-for-all litmus test (and more). How to build a Medicare-for-all plan, explained by Jacob Hacker, somebody who’s thought about it for 20 years. Has Trump peddled bogus claims about the border because of a movie? Beth Braverman on how to future-proof your print magazines. Henry Farrell on the material power of ideas and knowledge. How sexism threatens peace in Afghanistan. When it comes to hungry Americans, we’ve lost our heart. Venezuela is how “illiberal democracy” ends. The Venezuela calumny: If screaming about a failing petrostate is all you have, you’ve lost the argument.

Taxing the superrich is an idea whose time has come — again. How Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax could save America. What is the purpose of raising taxes on the wealthy? AOC’s 70 percent tax on the rich isn’t about revenue, it's about decreasing inequality. Howard Schultz blames Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for his decision to run as independent (and more). Why billionaires with big egos now dream of being president. Dear billionaires: Stop running for president. Why Trump wants Howard Schultz to run for president, briefly explained. Has Howard Schultz really thought this through? Josh Marshall on Howard Schultz and his anti-Democratic Party campaign. Thread: “let's treat this as a teachable moment about what centrism means in America today”. Run, Howard, Run: A failed 2020 bid by the former Starbucks CEO would prove that Americans aren’t clamoring for a centrist businessman as president. Only Howard Schultz and a few others could do what Schultz is doing — and that’s the way in which “politics is broken”. “That is a perfect Beltway media tweet”.


From CJR, the digital winter turns apocalyptic (and more). Thread: “For those who aren’t quite sure why these media layoffs keep happening, or think ‘it’s the internet!’ or ‘people don’t pay to subscribe,’ there’s a lot more going on”. Did we just experience the hardest decade in journalism? Local newspapers have already been gutted — there’s nothing left to cut. Cancel in protest, or stay with a local newspaper that’s being strip-mined for profits? A fresh look at the rise of nonprofit journalism — and the issues that remain. Does journalism have a future? In an era of social media and fake news, journalists who have survived the print plunge have new foes to face. What Jill Abramson gets wrong about the future of journalism: Josephine Livingstone reviews Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts by Jill Abramson.

How journalism can win back public trust: Julia Belluz interviews Alan Rusbridger, author of Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now. In the era of fake news, a cottage industry of startups is competing to turn media credibility into a booming business — do we really want that? Facebook and Google need to start paying journalists what they owe us. Regulating Facebook and Google won’t save journalism: It will help — but the industry needs much more to survive.


Luciano Floridi (Oxford): Semantic Capital: Its Nature, Value, and Curation. Kelsey Ables on a magazine’s unlikely rebirth in Sri Lanka. Howard Schultz might reelect Trump because he doesn’t understand how politics works: “It is entirely possible that the course of American history will turn on Howard Schultz’s egomaniacal ignorance” (and more and more and more). Why CEOs tend to make bad politicians. Martin Longman: “A Howard Schultz candidacy doesn’t frighten me”. Family behind OxyContin maker engineered opioid crisis, Massachusetts AG says. When solid progressives like Vaughn Stewart find themselves in office, they need help if they’re going to resist corporate lobbyists and be effective.

Congo just had its first peaceful transfer of power in 60 years. The shutdown cost the US economy $3 billion that isn’t coming back. This is how to end government shutdowns forever. Trump’s complaint to White House guests: Obama watched too much TV. A US-Taliban peace deal may be on the way — but it could easily fall apart. Afghan women fear peace with Taliban may mean war on them. In the new progressives vs. Davos, round one goes to the Left. Are we past peak Davos? Wall Street is scared shitless about Bernie and Liz 2020. Hollywood’s obsession with cartels: It would be nice to see Latinos living regular lives — not stereotype-fueled fantasies — onscreen.

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