The real star of the GOP primary: The most influential noncandidate in the Republican presidential primary is not Pat Robertson, Paul Weyrich or any other supposed kingmaker — it is Hillary Clinton. The Liberal Candidate: Is Rudy Giuliani a new Barry Goldwater or a new Bobby Kennedy? Is Rudy Giuliani a criminal or a liar? An investigation into Guiliani’s claims of familiarity with “intensive questioning” techniques. From TAP, an article on Giuliani's awful record on HIV/AIDS. Conservative Christian leaders are increasingly reluctant to get political, leaving a key Republican voting bloc divided — the trend may help Giuliani but hurt the GOP in the long term. From The Weekly Standard, an article on Rudy Giuliani, Disciplinarian: As he has tacked to the left and right throughout his career, his worldview has remained constant; and The Man Who Wants to Fix Washington: Mitt Romney thinks the skills he acquired in the cutthroat world of corporate turnarounds will make him a good president. From Rolling Stone, an interview with Ron Paul.

From The New Yorker, inside the surge: The American military finds new allies, but at what cost? Who's the enemy? In Iraq, it's getting harder to find any bad guys. Let them in: Fred Kaplan on Bush's outrageous neglect of Iraqi refugees, and Daniel Byman on why we must welcome thousands of Iraqi refugees to the United States. What does Iraq cost? Even more than you think. The only question that matters: Do the benefits of staying in Iraq outweigh the costs? More on Curveball by Bob Drogin. A review of Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital by Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft. An interview with Kingsley Browne on why all women in the U.S. military should be out of Iraq. A review of Blood and Belief: The PKK and the Kurdish Fight for Independence by Aliza Marcus. From Boston Review, pious Populist: Abbas Milani on understanding the rise of Iran's president. The last, best hope for averting a war with Iran lies with the United States military — we will be saved or doomed by our generals. Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann on how we are losing Afghanistan, one civilian at a time. Max Boot on sending the State Department to war: While maintaining military power remains important, even more crucial goals include flexing our diplomatic muscles to achieve vital objectives peacefully.

From The Globalist, a series of articles on globalization, Americanization and Europeanization (and part 2 and part 3); and it's a semiglobalized world: Is the world economy as integrated as most people perceive it to be? From The Economist, an article on America's vulnerable economy: Recession in America looks increasingly likely. Can booming emerging markets save the world economy? (and more); and the boom in emerging economies and their stockmarkets is not over yet. But some are likely to run out of breath sooner than others. Migrant money flow $300 billion: Globally, migrants from poor countries send home more than three times the global total in foreign aid. Why we trade: We’re used to shrugging off all sorts of rhetorical gobbledygook from our politicians. But when you hear U.S. presidential candidates start to mouth off about free trade, watch your wallet — a discredited 14th-century theory of economics is enjoying a dangerous renaissance in the 2008 campaign.

AIDS denialism vs. science: AIDS denialists believe, with a faith unshakable by fact, that HIV does not cause AIDS and that antiretrovirals should not be used for HIV prevention or treatment — their misrepresentations and pseudoscientific views have cost lives in South Africa and elsewhere. A review of The Secret History of the War on Cancer by Devra Davis (and more and more). Many cancer patients experience a kind of post-chemotherapy fuzziness that can be long-term and debilitating. Amid a severe kidney-donor shortage, an idea long considered anathema in the medical community is gaining new currency: payments for people willing to give up a kidney. Why do obese people choose a drastic solution for a relatively simple problem? Steven Levitt investigates. Time after time, properly conducted scientific studies have proved that homeopathic remedies work no better than simple placebos — so why do so many sensible people swear by them? Talking back to Prozac: Frederick C. Crews reviews The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow into Depressive Disorder by Allan V. Horwitz and Jerome C. Wakefield; Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness by Christopher Lane; and Let Them Eat Prozac: The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression by David Healy. The Sleep-Industrial Complex: While you’ve been tossing and turning, research scientists, pharmaceutical companies and mattress designers have been hard at work on your eternal nocturnal problem. But what exactly is the problem?

From Powell's Review, a review of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters: Defending the Earth with Ultraman, Godzilla, and Friends in the Golden Age of Japanese Science Fiction Film by August Ragone. A review of Conversations With Woody Allen: His Films, the Movies, and Moviemaking by Eric Lax; and Mere Anarchy and The Insanity Defense: The Complete Prose by Woody Allen. I love the smell of celluloid in the morning: Why are all the Iraq movies really movies about making movies? Let the Viewer Decide: Documentarian Frederick Wiseman on free speech, complexity, and the trouble with Michael Moore. A look at what's on the line in the writers' strike. A look at why you should care about the writer's strike. An interview with Patric Verrone, president of the West Coast branch of the Screen Actors Guild and SAG President Alan Rosenberg. As the reality of the writer's strike sets in, desperate networks will be forced to fill their schedules with even more reality programming: Radar can reveal some of the new shows that might be coming to your set soon — it's not pretty. The Daily Show Archive: Why you may never watch Jon Stewart live again. Sweeping the clouds away: Children’s TV has changed so much that a preschool classic on DVD now carries a warning.

From Monthly Review, Edward S. Herman and David Peterson on the dismantling of Yugoslavia: A study in inhumanitarian intervention (and a Western liberal-left intellectual and moral collapse). Looking to Brussels: Croatia dreams of escape from the usual western Balkan troubles. Independence Day: They've spent years shacked up with the UN — now Kosovo is ready to bolt. From Cafe Babel, a series of articles on fascism for the fascists: eastern Europe and beyond. Prosperity is on the rise, but many worry about the motives behind Russian investment in Eastern Europe. Under Vladimir Putin, Russia is once again flexing muscles and scoring diplomatic points—but it is not always clear what purpose this serves. What does Putin want? Immanuel Wallerstein investigates. The rewriting of history: The Kremlin uses its version of the past to forge a new ideology for the present. A review of One Soldier's War in Chechnya by Arkady Babchenko (and more). Demonstrators protest at Saakashvili regime that spends on arms while half its people live in poverty. Mikheil Saakashvili's crackdown has outraged his friends —what should they do now? Politics after revolution: The crisis of governance in Georgia is rooted in history, geopolitics and political culture as well as the failures of Saakashvili's government. After the Counterrevolution: Georgia is yet another country where Washington declared "mission accomplished" too soon. Rupert Murdoch, embroiled in the Caucasus: How did the media mogul end up in the middle of hostilities on the rim of the old Soviet empire?

From New York, a cover story on Mrs. Astor's Baby: Eighty-three-year-old Anthony Marshall spends his days trying to convince the courts—and himself—that his mother loved him and felt guilty enough about her failings as a parent to transfer a huge amount of money to him before she died; an article on the embers of gentrification: For the better part of two decades, the powerful force of affluence has swept across the city like wildfire, transforming neighborhoods in ways that have come to seem inevitable. But what happens when the fire goes out?; and here's the Everything Guide to Pests: It is possible to live vermin-free in New York. The introduction to New York Calling: From Blackout to Bloomberg, ed. Marshall Berman. A review of Times Square Spectacular: Lighting Up Broadway by Darcy Tell. Haven't been to New York? Tough luck, you just missed it: Safe, clean and too homogenous — the Big Apple just ain't what it used to be.

From Vanity Fair, for a brainy model with a hot new cookbook, marriage to a literary superstar creates opportunities—and problems. Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi now has an empire in the making, but Salman Rushdie won’t be part of it. A review of The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food by Judith Jones; No Reservations: Around the World On an Empty Stomach by Anthony Bourdain; and Mouth Wide Open: A Cook and His Appetite by John Thorne With Matt Lewis Thorne. A review of Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back by Ann Vileisis and Moveable Feasts: From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat by Sarah Murray. [The latest issue of Bookforum includes a review of The Oxford Companion to Italian Food by Gillian Riley.] A review of To Cork or Not to Cork: Tradition, Romance, Science, And the Battle for the Wine Bottle by George M. Taber. In blindness veritas: Tasting wine blind isn't all it's cracked up to be. A review of Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter by Phoebe Damrosch.

From New Statesman, in God's green lands: Driving through Tennessee, Benjamin Joffe-Walt finds that eco-mania sits uneasily beside Southern traditions. From CJR, an article on Marshall Frady and the dime-store rascals of southern politics. The Republican and Democratic parties both have a history of catering to white racists. The Democrats stopped — have Republicans? Where should Jews stand on immigration? The persistence of extravagant pro-immigration sentiment among American Jews is astonishing. From New Left Review, has the mass immigrants’ rights campaign of 2006 been asphyxiated by the Democrats’ embrace? Two Los Angeles activists recount the movement’s progress since the Chicano struggles of the 60s. Two misunderstandings about immigration: An excerpt from Daniel Kanstroom's Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History. Economic needs drive many of the flows of people: Migrants move to find work and employers want rare skills or cheap and willing labour, yet immigration is not about unstoppable economic forces — there are political and social choices to be made. Amy Chua on the secret to world dominance: It is not terrorists, rogue states, or inexpensive Chinese imports that ultimately threaten the global dominance of the United States — in fact, it is our rising fear of immigrants that could bring everything crashing down.

From TAP, an article on the super-sizing of American art museums. Are we finally seeing the beginning of a decline of sales in contemporary art? An article on art and elitism, a form of pattern recognition. Modern art is rightwing: Contemporary art is individualistic and concerned with freedom - - characteristics of the right, rather than the left. A review of Mirror of the World: a New History of Art by Julian Bell (and more). A review of The Human Animal in Western Art and Science by Martin Kemp. A review of Greeks on the Black Sea: Ancient Art from the Hermitage. From Forward, a review of Obsessed by Art — Aby Warburg: His Life and His Legacy by Francesca Cernia Slovin; and an article on retracing Van Gogh’s footsteps, camera in hand. A review of The Theatre of the Face: Portrait Photography Since 1900 by Max Kozloff.