Frank J. Thompson (Rutgers): The Administrative Presidency and Fractious Federalism: Lessons from Obamacare. Elizabeth Weeks Leonard (Georgia): Crafting a Narrative for the Red State Option. It’s really “Democratic Care”, not “Obamacare”: Obamacare is less about what Obama wanted, and more about what the Democratic Party wanted. Tom Miller on conservative health-care reform. Creating a new responsibility: David Warsh on the Affordable Care Act. Annie-Rose Strasser and Tara Culp-Ressler on 20 questions you have about Obamacare but are too afraid to ask. Megan McArdle on 11 pieces of Obamacare conventional wisdom that shouldn’t be so conventional. Rutgers student John Connelly says Sen. Ted Cruz misused his name to denounce the ACA. Igor Volsky has the complete guide to the GOP’s three-year campaign to shut down the government. Republicans need to compel Obama to accept their agenda, not in spite of the fact that the voters rejected it at the polls but precisely for that reason. Jonathan Rauch on rescuing compromise: A funny thing happened on the way to legislative gridlock and fiscal meltdown in the past few years. Your false-equivalence guide to the days ahead: James Fallows on a kind of politics we have not seen for more than 150 years. Steve Pearlstein on how Obama can win the debt standoff in 3 steps. Rebels without a clue: This may be the way the world ends — not with a bang but with a temper tantrum. Brad Plumer on everything you need to know about how a government shutdown works. Josh Marshall on broken windows, broken states. Kevin Drum on a quick one-sentence reminder of what this is all about.


A new issue of Behemoth is out. Mark Newman (Stockholm): An Anthropological Perspective on the Coca-Cola Company. Marja Schuster (RKH): Hermeneutics as Embodied Existence. We may be decades away from cloning Bigfoot, but two new books on cryptozoology show that the truth is out there — Scott McLemee wants to believe. On the second annual Golden Goose Awards: John Sides on how federal funding of scientific research produces unexpected successes. From Contemporary Sociology, Ronald Weitzer reviews nine important books on sex work published since 2000. Supercomputers help solve a 50-year homework assignment: Calculation related to question of why the universe is made of matter. Is there a word for that? We have long invented language to fill gaps in our vocabulary, but not all coinages are created equal. David Rosen reviews Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance by Heidi Boghosian. Watch more, know more: Tina Bettels on TV news and foreign affairs. Reviewers on Amazon and posters on martial arts bulletin boards have long suspected that Taming the Tiger, the dramatic Christian conversion story of Tony Anthony, who claims to be a kung fu world champion, is a fake — but now an inquiry led by the Evangelical Alliance has agreed with them. Skinny jeans and cocaine: Why cocaine users tend to be skinny and why it won’t last forever.


Bear Braumoeller (OSU): Is War Disappearing? John Fabian Witt (Yale): Two Conceptions of Suffering in War. Allan Dafoe (Yale), Jonathan Renshon (Wisconsin), and Paul Huth (Maryland): Reputation and Status as Motives for War. Jon Simons (Indiana): The In/Visibility of Peace: Or "When Did You Last Go to See a Peace Movie?" From Anthropologies, a special issue on anthropology and war. Robert D. Sloane reviews The Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War by James Q. Whitman. Is there a war instinct? David P. Barash on how many evolutionists believe that humans have a drive for waging war — but they are wrong and the idea is dangerous. Is war really in decline? Wait 150 years after the last major war to know for sure. Neither Hobbes nor Rousseau: Larry Arnhart on the Lockean way in the evolution of war and peace. Walking loudly and carrying a big stick: Micah Zenko on why women are less inclined to start wars. Jacob Heilbrunn on the case for Norman Angell: He said that economic interdependence had made war obsolete; four years later, World War One turned him into a laughingstock — yet his later career saw him abandon many of his own illusions. Douglas A. McDonnell and Evan V. Symon on 6 of the most heartwarming stories ever (happened in wars). John Siebert on the top 10 reasons why there is hope for peace on earth.

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