Top stories this week on The Daily Brief
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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.
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.
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.
FiveThirtyEight — 14 min read
In this week’s politics chat, we do an appraisal of the White House.
The Read — 116 min listen
We don’t care about Katy Perry.