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Americans' Right to Boycott Israel Needs to Be Protected

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Boycotting is protected under the First Amendment, but it’s now under threat; meanwhile, Facebook has drastically changed American democracy. These discoveries and more below.

In America, the Right to Boycott Israel Is Under Threat. This Is Why That’s Cause for Concern.
McCarthy era anti-Communist loyalty tests have been relegated to the dustbin of history. The same must apply to government requests that employees certify they’re not engaged in a boycott of Israel.

Evangelical Conservatives Are Proving Their Harshest Critics Right
For years, Democrats accused Christian conservatives of being closet theocrats, seeking to impose Christianity on the country and refusing to accept, let alone embrace, American diversity. That was a generalization, but it turned out to be more true than not.

Chief Justice John Roberts Is Now Feuding With the Entire Field of Sociology
Read the surprisingly scathing letter leading sociologists sent to him.

What Facebook Did to American Democracy
And why it was so hard to see it coming.

The Political Economy of Obama/Trump
U.S. capitalism is again careening down blind alleys.

Africa’s “Reverse Missionaries” Are Bringing Christianity Back to the United Kingdom
Evangelists from Africa, Asia, and Latin America working to revitalize Christianity in the countries that brought the religion to them.

For Trump, “Consequences Are Piling Up” With Republicans in Washington
Until now, many Washington Republicans have placed their hopes in the idea that sober-minded types like the new chief of staff, John Kelly, will somehow find a way to check Trump’s worst impulses.

Online Dating Is Changing the Nature of Society
Dating websites have changed the way couples meet. Now evidence is emerging that this change is influencing levels of interracial marriage and even the stability of marriage itself.

In Facebook We Antitrust
The social-media giant’s reach and power are unprecedented.

For Charley Shively, Gay Liberation Was About Sex and Rebellion, Not Equality
Shively was a pioneering gay liberation activist on the scale, if not with the name recognition, of Harvey Milk.

How Trump Governs by Tweet: Start with Outrage, Then Escalate
The problem of the Presidential tweet is circular.

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