Nicholas Barnes (Brown): Criminal Politics: An Integrated Approach to the Study of Organized Crime, Politics, and Violence. Joy Radice (Tennessee): The Reintegrative State. Forensic science put Jimmy Genrich in prison for 24 years — what if it wasn’t science? The great crime decline: Adam Gopnik on drawing the right lessons from the fall in urban violence. You can’t kill your way to freedom: Jamil Smith on how apathy about our criminal justice ills enables President Trump’s bloodlust. Surest way to face marijuana charges in New York: Be black or Hispanic. Complexity and criminal justice: The injustices that could be easily stopped and the ones that are more complicated.

William S. Isaac (Michigan State): Hope, Hype, and Fear: The Promise and Potential Pitfalls of the Big Data Era in Criminal Justice. Anna Roberts (Seattle): Arrests as Guilt. Bennett Capers (Brooklyn): Techno-Policing. When bail feels less like freedom, more like extortion: As bail has grown into a $2 billion industry, bond agents have become the payday lenders of the criminal justice world, offering quick relief to desperate customers at high prices. The renegade sheriffs: Ashley Powers on a law-enforcement movement that claims to answer only to the Constitution. The introduction to Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing by Issa Kohler-Hausmann.

Alice Ristroph (Brooklyn): The Thin Blue Line from Crime to Punishment. Alex Lundberg (West Virginia): When Do the Innocent Plead Guilty? Michael Tonry (Minnesota): Punishment and Human Dignity: Sentencing Principles for Twenty-First Century America. The rise of the victims’-rights movement: Jill Lepore on how a conservative agenda and a feminist cause came together to transform criminal justice. The moral failures plaguing the U.S. prison system: Ashley Hackett interviews Bruce Western, author of Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison. Death and the drug war: Facing up to our responsibility and thinking through solutions. Chris Hayes on what “law and order” means to Trump.

Aya Gruber (Colorado): Equal Protection Under the Carceral State. Andrew Manuel Crespo (Harvard): The Hidden Law of Plea Bargaining. From the Congressional Research Service, a report on recent violent crime trends in the United States. The bitter history of law and order in America: It has stifled suffrage, blamed immigrants for chaos, and suppressed civil rights — it’s also how Donald Trump views the entire world. America has stopped being a civilized nation. Why criminal justice reform advocates are struggling in Trump’s America: Emma Coleman on the religious origins of President Trump's war on crime.

Jane Esberg (Stanford) and Jonathan Mummolo (Princeton): Explaining Misperceptions of Crime. Adam M. Gershowitz (William and Mary): The Challenge of Convincing Ethical Prosecutors That Their Profession Has a Brady Problem. James M. Binnall (CSULB): Cops and Convicts: An Exploratory Field Study of Jurymandering. What U.S. marijuana, alcohol policy might look like in a perfect world. The other side of “broken windows”: An excerpt from Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg.


Guido Noto La Diega (Northumbria): Against Algorithmic Decision-Making. Pope Francis asked to resign over sex-abuse scandal. We saw nuns kill children: The ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic orphanage. Ian Parker on Glenn Greenwald, the bane of their resistance. The US and Mexico made a trade deal — but it’s not a new NAFTA. “Nabra Hassanen's death barely scores anything on the propaganda scale. Here is misogyny at its racist best”: Rafia Zakaria on the hidden tragedies in the Mollie Tibbetts killing (and more). Mollie Tibbetts’s death is about violence against women, not immigration, says a family member (and more). The student debt problem is worse than we imagined. Student loan watchdog guits, says Trump administration “turned its back” on borrowers.

Did the Myanmar military plan its ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in advance? “We are on the verge of extinction”. One year and 10,000 Rohingya deaths later, UN accuses Myanmar of “genocide”. Facebook finally takes action in Myanmar, 10 months after genocidal crackdown began.


Richard J. Pierce (GWU): How Should the U.S. Public Law System React to President Trump? Trump wants to fire federal employees at will — a federal judge said he can’t. The tax-cut con goes on: Why Social Security and Medicare are on the ballot. The strategic decision by the Republican majority in Congress to conduct virtually no oversight of the Executive branch is the most important issue at stake in the midterm elections. “Trump is nuts. This time really feels different”: Trump rejects “war council” intervention, goes it alone. Think Trump is doomed? Not so fast. Why it can happen here: We’re very close to becoming another Poland or Hungary.


From Washington Monthly, a special section on the 52-state strategy: Ben Paviour on the case for D.C.: D.C. statehood would be a boon for Democrats — but to make it happen, the party will have to get over its squeamishness about expanding its own power; and Rebecca Pilar Buckwalter-Poza on the case for Puerto Rico: Ending the island’s colonial status would right a historic wrong — and permanently change the political map. Lara Putnam and Theda Skocpol on how women are rebuilding the Democratic Party from the ground up. Letitia Stein, Susan Cornwell and Joseph Tanfani go inside the progressive movement trying to take over the Democratic Party.

Democrats vote to strip power from superdelegates (and more). Race is still the central dividing line in the Democratic Party.


Sonia Katyal (UC-Berkeley): The Public Good in Poetic Justice. West Virginia governor accused of stacking state Supreme Court with Republicans. Jan Smolenski interviews Agnes Heller: Orban is a tyrant. Timur Kuran and Dani Rodrik on the economic costs of Erdogan. An N.Y.U. sexual-harassment case has spurred a necessary conversation about #MeToo. From the Weekly Standard, Stephen F. Hayes on the real McCain. From Splinter, Paul Blest on the myth of John McCain. Trump rejected plans for a White House statement praising McCain. Kevin Gallagher on the eclipse of Catholic fusionism. Garry Wills on the priesthood of the big crazy. What the hell is happening with Australia’s prime minister, explained.

From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Election Security: Issues in the 2018 midterm elections. The Trump White House doesn’t want untainted elections. Tech companies are gathering for a secret meeting to prepare a 2018 election strategy. “This is now the new normal”: Emily Stewart interviews Theresa Payton on why cybersecurity risks aren’t going away.


What happens when that goombah from Palookaville becomes President? Why Manafort and Cohen thought they’d get away with it. I’m beginning to suspect these were not in fact the best people. A lone holdout juror actually made it more likely that Paul Manafort will go to jail even if Trump pardons him. Jim Baker on Donald Trump, Twitter and presidential power to interpret the law for the executive branch. Gather round, everyone — it’s time to play “find the collusion”. No collusion? We’ll see — but what about tax fraud? Peter Wehner on the full-spectrum corruption of Donald Trump: Everyone and everything he touches rots.

What will Mueller do? The answer might lie in a by-the-book past. Oona Hathaway on the three options for prosecuting Trump. Republicans secretly study their coming hell. Congressional Republicans are failing the test of Trump (and more: “These 50 people differ from all other Americans”). Why pardoning his associates would be the end of the Trump presidency. Trump’s contempt for the law will be his downfall.


Jason M. Shepard (CSU Fullerton) and Kathleen Bartzen Culver (Wisconsin): Culture Wars on Campus: Academic Freedom, the First Amendment and Partisan Outrage in Polarized Times. Chad M. Oldfather (Marquette): The Scholar’s Dilemma. The Great Recession never ended for college humanities: Economic considerations weigh on students who came of age in the aftermath of the financial crisis. How much do professors work? One researcher is trying to find out. Under Trump, a hard test for Howard University. The introduction to Seeing the World: How US Universities Make Knowledge in a Global Era by Mitchell L. Stevens, Cynthia Miller-Idriss and Seteney Shami (and more).

Cekic Nenad (Belgrade): Utilitarianism and the Idea of University: A Short Ethical Analysis. Instead of defending the SAT, let’s advocate a genuinely egalitarian education system: Admit everybody. Paul Campos on why college isn’t the answer to social inequality. The citation graph is one of humankind's most important intellectual achievements. James Fallows on the future of elite schools in the Trump era (and the future of blogging). How Liberty University built a billion-dollar empire online. Volunteers of the ivory tower: How academia exploits the labor — and love — of aspiring scholars. Books by immigrants, foreigners and minorities don’t diminish the “classic” curriculum — they enhance it.

Jelena Brankovic, Leopold Ringel, and Tobias Werron (Bielefeld): How Rankings Produce Competition: The Case of Global University Rankings. Nicholas Maxwell (UCL): The Scandal of the Irrationality of Academia. One group that definitely faces prejudice in college admissions: “I’m talking about introverts, of course”. Cardinal cons: Niall Ferguson, campus conservatives, and the victimization racket. Pay what you want: Scott McLemee explores a few — perhaps somewhat surprising — new pricing models for books and journals. What it’s like to be black on campus now. How social-media trolls turned U.C. Berkeley into a free-speech circus.

Adam Cook and Isaac Ehrlich (SUNY-Buffalo): Was Higher Education a Major Channel Through Which the Us Became an Economic Superpower in the 20th Century? Data shows a surprising campus free speech problem: Left-wingers being fired for their opinions. Dani Rodrik on saying no to academic normalization of Trump. Sparky Abraham on how student debt is worsening gender and racial injustice. Yasmin Nair on how the dangerous academic is an extinct species.

Nicholas Maxwell (UCL): Do We Need an Academic Revolution to Create a Wiser World? The humanities are in crisis: Students are abandoning humanities majors, turning to degrees they think yield far better job prospects — but they’re wrong. Erik Bleich reviews Free Speech on Campus by Sigal R. Ben-Porath; and Free Speech on Campus by Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman. Lee Konstantinou on Avital Ronell and the end of the academic star. You can download Greening the Academy: Ecopedagogy Through the Liberal Arts, ed. Samuel Day Fassbinder, Anthony J. Nocella, and Richard V. Kahn (2012).


Josephine Ross (Howard): What the #MeToo Campaign Teaches About Stop and Frisk. Yitzhak Melamed (JHU): Does Eternity Have a Future? Heather Cox Richardson: “Sigh. @KevinMKruse and @TheTattooedProf and I drew straws, and I lost. OK. Here goes”. Ohio State scandal shows why victims don’t come forward. The politics of unhappiness: James McMahon on the surprising link between conspiracy theories and mental health. What does this professor know about conspiracy theorists that we don’t? The conspiracy memo about Obama aides that circulated in the Trump White House: The 2017 document, titled “The Echo Chamber,” accused former Obama officials of undermining the incoming Administration. The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) needs your help.


Neal Katyal on how the rule of law in Trump’s America seems safe — for now. Trump sure sounds like he’s thinking about whether to pardon Paul Manafort. Trump’s troubles are just getting started. Donald Trump is now implicated in criminal wrongdoing — but how will it end? Democrats don’t need to impeach President Trump to hold him accountable. Republicans are the ones who want to talk about impeachment (and more and more). Key Senate GOPers give Trump cover to fire Sessions after midterms (and more). “Donald Trump is so criminal and so intent on obstructing justice that he makes a racist like Jeff Sessions look like a good person for refusing to be ‘improperly influenced by political considerations’. The bar is so low to be good in the Trump administration”.

Donald Trump’s gangster ethic is perverting the jury system. Trump wants to ban flipping because he is almost literally a mob boss. President Trump brings mafia ethics to the GOP. Donald Trump talks like a mob boss — and reminds us he has no idea what he’s doing. If Trump shot Michael Cohen in broad daylight, here’s what Republicans would say. Tim Miller on the embarrassingly timid Trump opposition. The $30 trillion reason Republicans won’t turn on Trump: Wall Street hit a high the day Trump hit his low. These key Trump–Russia players are cashing in on outrage through GoFundMe.

By a 3-to-1 margin, Trump supporters embrace his personality over his policies. What the president’s supporters fear most isn’t the corruption of American law, but the corruption of America’s traditional identity. The most enduring scandal in and around the White House might not be corruption, but rather the administration’s constant embrace of bigotry from white-supremacist and far-right groups. Hamilton Nolan on how the Republican Party is existentially racist. Trump speechwriter’s ouster sparks racially charged debate. South Africa admonishes Trump’s racist conspiracy theory tweet (and more). The Republicans not the Russians are the biggest threat to American democracy. White House reportedly shut down bipartisan bill to fight election hacking.


Stan Oklobdzija (UCSD): Dark Parties: Citizens United, Independent-Expenditure Networks and the Evolution of Political Parties. Politicians are increasingly using nonprofits capable of accepting unlimited dark money funds to advance their agendas. I.R.S. will no longer force Kochs and other groups to disclose donors. Eliza Newlin Carney on Trump’s and the Koch Brothers’ war on disclosure. Ian MacDougall on why the IRS’ recent dark money decision may be less dire than it seems. Bob Bauer on how Trump exposes the holes in campaign-finance laws. Michael Cohen plea agreement: Possible meanings of the campaign finance counts. Lee Drutman on the case for cautious optimism on campaign finance reform.

The first chapter from Unequal and Unrepresented: Political Inequality and the People’s Voice in the New Gilded Age by Kay Lehman Schlozman, Henry E. Brady, and Sidney Verba.

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