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Latest Russia sellout

Ex-CIA director: Russia will have recorded Trump’s meeting with Putin and will use it against him. Now we all know what Putin has on Trump. U.S. officials “at a fucking loss” over latest Russia sellout: The White House’s refusal to rule out turning over former U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul to the Russians has current and former State Department officials seeing red (and more). Senators are slamming Trump’s Putin meeting, but they aren’t going to do anything about it. Why won’t Republicans finally


Paper Trail

Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie is writing a book. The Huffington Post reports that Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics will be a “‘no-holds-barred account’ of his political life and controversies, including his time with President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.” Let Me Finish will be

Syllabi

The Roots of the Alt-right

Mike WendlingDuring the last presidential election cycle, you may have read reports describing the alt-right—a loosely organized group of anti-PC, anti-feminist, race-obsessed online warriors—as a strange, newly

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Homeplace

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the earliest recorded use of the word “honky-tonk” dates to 1899, in the Fort Worth Daily Gazette. “A petition to the council is being circulated for signatures, asking that the Honky Tonk theater on Main Street be reopened,”

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Keith Gessen

Keith Gessen’s timely and hilarious new novel, A Terrible Country, arrives ten years after his first, All the Sad Young Literary Men. The story follows Andrei Kaplan, an overeducated, underemployed young academic as he relocates to Moscow to look after his sick grandmother in the summer of 2008. Over the course of the year, Andrei cares for his grandmother, plays hockey, befriends revolutionaries, and falls in love.

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Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"

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The Man Without a Nation

Amitava Kumar

The one activity that was perhaps the most stable part of my identity that first semester was the seminar I was taking with Ehsaan Ali. His class Colonial Encounters was held on Friday afternoons. The seminar participants required his special permission to join.

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