Article of the day: assessing Trump’s climate policy

At the Duck of Minerva, Josh Busby has written a thoughtful summary of the ways in which the Trump White House can (and can’t) shift climate policy.  It seems likely that Trump will do a good deal of damage to international attempts to coordinate climate policy, as he and the Republican-held Congress can pull out of major environmental accords, and stop providing funding to low income countries for climate change litigation. Domestically, however, it will be more difficult to roll back some of the environmental regulations which Obama’s administration had signed into law.

Article of the day: five books to change conservative minds

Cass Sunstein at Bloomberg has suggested a list of five well-argued books that might shift conservative opinion on a variety of social issues.  As he notes,

After reading these books, conservatives are hardly likely to rush out and volunteer to work for the Democratic Party. But they will end up a lot more humble. They’ll also have a far better understanding of why so many of their fellow citizens disagree with them — and on one or two issues, they might even change their minds.

One shortcoming of the list is that all of the authors are men, and most are white.  I’ll feature some essential reading by women and people of color over the coming days.