ESSENTIAL #1: “DOUBLETHINK IS STRONGER THAN ORWELL IMAGINED” GEORGE PACKER, THE ATLANTIC
From the article: “No novel of the past century has had more influence than George Orwell’s 1984. The title, the adjectival form of the author’s last name, the vocabulary of the all-powerful Party that rules the superstate Oceania with the ideology of Ingsoc—doublethink, memory hole, unperson, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, Thought Police, Room 101, Big Brother—they’ve all entered the English language as instantly recognizable signs of a nightmare future. It’s almost impossible to talk about propaganda, surveillance, authoritarian politics, or perversions of truth without dropping a reference to 1984. Throughout the Cold War, the novel found avid underground readers behind the Iron Curtain who wondered, How did he know?”
ESSENTIAL #2: “JUSTICE DEPT. AGREES TO TURN OVER KEY MUELLER EVIDENCE TO HOUSE” NICHOLAS FANDOS, THE NEW YORK TIMES
From the article: “The Justice Department, after weeks of tense negotiations, has agreed to provide Congress with key evidence collected by Robert S. Mueller III that Democrats believe could shed light on possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by President Trump.
The precise scope, volume or usefulness of the material was not immediately clear, but the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, said it would include “interview notes, firsthand accounts of misconduct and other critical evidence” collected by Mr. Mueller from the White House and former officials.”
ESSENTIAL #3: “JUSTICE GINSBURG SAYS DEEP DIVISIONS ON THE WAY, AND SUPREME COURT WATCHERS LOOK FOR CLUES” ROBERT BARNES, THE WASHINGTON POST
From the article: “When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turns reporter, reporters and lawyers start searching for clues.
In a purportedly just-the-facts speech Friday to the judicial conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York, Ginsburg gave plenty to dissect.
She teased pending decisions in cases about whether the census may contain a question on citizenship, and if the court would for the first time decide that a state’s electoral maps are so influenced by partisan gerrymandering that they violate voters’ constitutional rights.
Be prepared for sharp disagreements as the court finishes its work this month, she said.”
ESSENTIAL #4: “WHEN PETE BUTTIGIEG RIPPED AMERICA’S MISSIONARY ZEAL” JESÚS A. RODRÍGUEZ, POLITICO
From the article: “t’s a sign of just how much President Donald Trump has moved the goalposts of American involvement abroad.
When Pete Buttigieg outlined his “foreign policy for 2054” in a speech Tuesday, it was his most ordinary lines that drew the most raucous applause (Russia is an adversary, climate change is an existential threat, America should be involved in the world). But the origins of his foreign policy, the young Democratic phenom said, trace back to his time at Harvard College, when controversial wars abroad, images of body bags being sent home and rising political opposition nearly tore the country asunder.”