Top stories this week on The Daily Brief

These stories were originally curated on The Daily Brief.

Israel-Palestine: the real reason there’s still no peace

The Guardian — 16 min read

The possibility of a lasting deal seems as far away as ever — and the history of failed negotiations suggests it’s largely because Israel prefers the status quo.

Retaliation Nation

The Weekly Standard — 10 min read

There is something dispiriting about the debate over trade policy, and the problem does not lie with Donald Trump, or his tweets, or his on-again, off-again threats to various trading partners, or his fickle choice of partners to head the negotiating queue: EU to the front, Brexiting Britain to the rear, Angela Merkel trumps Theresa May, presidential promises notwithstanding. No, the problem lies with the belief that in the world in which we live and make our livings, free trade remains a global system that produces the efficient specialization of labor and allocation of resources that the textbooks promise. Rather than face reality, too many defenders of free trade adopt the ostrich position, leaving themselves exposed to attack by fact-wielding critics.

My Family’s Slave

The Atlantic — 34 min read

She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.

Have Trump’s Problems Hit A Breaking Point?

FiveThirtyEight — 14 min read

In this week’s politics chat, we do an appraisal of the White House.

Bad All By Myself

The Read — 116 min listen

We don’t care about Katy Perry.