Is there a possible causal relationship between an increasing occurrence of violent political rhetoric in broadly available media channels and the occurrence of violent political behavior? Spotlight from Glenn Beck brings CUNY professor Frances Fox Piven threats on her life (and more). That’s political entertainment: With the likes of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin as pundits, James Wolcott writes, rational debate is really beside the point. David Weigel on how liberals are rethinking the constant Palin coverage (and more). Return of the Republicans: Why they’re unlike any political party America has ever seen. Obama and his critics: There is a perilous course being proposed by “progressives” that, if successful, will contribute to a Republican government — both houses of Congress and the White House — in 2012. Obama and the media: An excerpt from Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama by Eric Alterman. The President's Movie: Like most liberals, Obama resists entering the darkened theater that Reagan mastered. The unbearable heaviness of governing: At midterm, the Obama age has become something no one expected — an ordinary presidency. Perhaps what the US government needs is an adviser that for hundreds, even thousands of years kept European and Middle Eastern, Indian and Chinese rulers from making terrible mistakes: a court jester — don’t laugh. A review of Playing the Fool: Subversive Laugher in Troubled Times by Ralph Lerner.

From the latest issue of Logos, Stephen Eric Bronner (Rutgers): Notes on the Counter-Revolution. For 50 years The Elements of Style has been the definitive literary rulebook — How to Write a Sentence and How to Read One by Stanley Fish argues that minimalist prose can become minimalist thought (and more). Is Egypt next? Following the Tunisian revolution, Cairo's regime is facing new pressure from within. Don Draper is loosening his tie: Think of it as madvertising, the meta-mockery of the black art of consumer culture, the sort-of-scientific strategies that ad agencies use to get you to buy their messages and products. Why does Roger Ailes hate America? An investigation into the highly paid operative of a foreign-born tycoon, a man who reengineered political and media culture and fomented a revolt that threatens the very stability of our country. Idiosyncratic and influential anti-Zionist blogger Philip Weiss has a complicated relationship with Israel, American Jewry, and himself. In honor of the NFL playoffs, Cartophilia presents the United Countries of Football. Suicide for a cause: What's behind the Middle East's new trend of self-immolation? Mass homicides like the shootings in Tucson are so extreme that they test our ability to be patient, to let fact-finding run its course — there are no simple answers. Confessions of a Sexaholic: What if Italy's Silvio Berlusconi asked America's most famous sex columnist for help.

Elaine Craig (Dalhousie): Converging Feminist and Queer Legal Theories: Family Feuds and Family Ties. Does science support the punitive parenting of "tiger mothering"? A review of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua (and more and more and more and more and more and more). Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wall-Paper is a feminist classic — Scott McLemee looks into the story behind the story. An interview wifh Nancy Northup: Nearly 40 years after Roe, the battle to ensure reproductive rights has gone local. Johanna Fateman reviews A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s by Stephanie Coontz (and more and more and more and more and more). Darwin's rape whistle: Have women evolved to protect themselves from sexual assault? (and more) Fear (Again) of Flying: Judith Warner on the domestication of the female midlife crisis. Young feminists "rankling the old guard" and the future of feminism: An interview with Katha Pollitt. The Mommy-Fight Site: Welcome to the D.C. Urban Moms message board — and by the way, your kid's stroller sucks. Sarah Palin and the battle for feminism: The ex-governor and her Mama Grizzlies argue that the real women’s issue is our country’s fiscal future. Is pink necessary? A tour of the hyper-feminine, commercialized world of young girls (and more on Cinderella Ate My Daughter). The man who loved women too much: Meet Harold Cassidy, the lawyer who's crusading to advance women's rights — by restricting access to abortion. The rise of femicide: Can naming a deadly crime help prevent it?