Re-mapping American politics

David Orentlicher (Indiana): Two Presidents are Better than One: The Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch. From HPR, Jay Alver and Humza Bokhari on the making of the president, 1789-2012. How much does Obama's campaign know about you? A survey of Obama campaign emails reveals how politicians microtarget voters based on everything from their donation history to what religion they list on Facebook. Can redistricting ever be fair? Several states are setting up independent commissions in the hope of removing bias from the line-drawing process. Re-mapping American politics: David Stebenne on the redistricting revolution fifty years later. A new progressive federalism: Distrust of states’ rights exists for good historical reasons, but today, minorities and dissenters can rule at the local level. The myth of the greater good: Politicians must stop acting like the ends justify the means. Stephen P. Nicholson on how politicians, not parties, function as polarizing cues. Introducing iGov: Even people who support government dread having actual encounters with it — things don’t have to be that way.