President Trump took a rocky trip to Europe this week — first calling longtime European allies “foes” and then openly contradicting U.S. intelligence on Russia while seated next to Vladimir Putin (something Khalil Bendib illustrates rather colorfully in his cartoon this week).

What could explain this behavior? Some say Putin must have some dirt on Trump. Maybe, writes John Feffer this week. But more likely — and more troublingly — Trump simply thinks a lot like Putin when it comes to democracy and international cooperation.

Meanwhile, thousands of immigrant families remain separated by one mechanism or another. This week in OtherWords, Jim Hightower reports on the travesty of toddlers appearing alone in immigration court. And Chia-Chia Wang explains why local police departments shouldn’t cooperate with ICE while all this is going on.

Also this week, Jill Richardson explains that food stamps may soon stop working at farmers markets. That’s bad, she says. But even worse are the bigger issues around the intersection of poverty and our food system.

Finally, Basav Sen explains the hypocrisy behind U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s lousy environmental record. Justin Anderson details billionaire media darling Elon Musk’s growing feud with the media. And Josh Hoxie tries to explain the unfathomable amount of money missing from our public coffers thanks to tax cuts for rich people going back three administrations.

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Peter Certo is the editorial manager at the Institute for Policy Studies and the editor of OtherWords.org.