Marina Azzimonti (FRB): Partisan Conflict. Michael Sances and Charles Stewart (MIT): Partisanship and Voter Confidence, 2000-2012. Matt Motyl (Virginia): “If He Wins, I’m Moving to Canada”: Ideological Migration Threats Following the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. Nicholas Stephanopoulos (Chicago) and Eric McGhee (PPIC): Partisan Gerrymandering and the Efficiency Gap. L. Jason Anastasopoulos (Harvard): A Theory of Partisan Sorting and Geographic Polarization: Evidence from a Natural Experiment. A look at how population shifts are turning all politics national. This map shows the most liberal and conservative towns in your state. Emily Badger on how liberals are more likely to use public transit than conservatives — but that may say as much about where we live as how we want to get around. Crispin Sartwell on how the Left-Right political spectrum is bogus: It might be a division between social identities based on class or region or race or gender, but it is certainly not a clash between different ideas. Are social networks creating political polarization? Kimberlee Morrison wants to know. Morris Fiorina on how Americans have not become more politically polarized. How much do our genes influence our political beliefs? Amanda Cox on how birth year influences political views. Do different things make liberals and conservatives laugh? Jesse Singal investigates. Conservatives be funny: As the late-night comedy landscape reshuffles, are right-wing comics being unfairly ignored? Politicians are the No. 1 cause of daily stress in our lives: Christopher Ingraham on how politicians are literally killing us with their incompetence. Nicholas Hune-Brown on why we’re driven to dislike politicians. About 10% of Americans don’t pay attention to politics; who are they? John Senger reviews The Dictionary of American Political Bullshit by Stephen L. Goldstein.

A new issue of the International Public Policy Review is out. Thom Brooks (Durham): Hegel's Political Philosophy. Paolo Lobba (Bollogna): Holocaust Denial Before the European Court of Human Rights: Evolution of an Exceptional Regime. Russell Bennetts and Daniel Tutt interview Simon Critchley, co-author of The Hamlet Doctrine: Knowing Too Much, Doing Nothing. Today’s young people are held to be alienated, unhappy, violent failures — they are proving anything but. What does going to a Mexican restaurant outside of Mexico mean for the restaurant goers and how can this potentially alter their understanding of Mexican culture? Lewis Defrates investigates. Every datum tells a story: Mark P. Mills and Anthony Mills on the dawning of the age of meta-information. Because we’re worth it: How and why lofty ideologies cohabit with rampant corruption. Iraq has warned the UN that Sunni militants have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the city of Mosul. Why do we find sex more shocking than violence? AR Torre wants to know. Tim Marchman on what Brazil's loss meant, and what it didn't mean. World Cup final pits Francis vs Benedict in papal match. A study finds anti-Obamacare ads might have actually increased enrollment. The enemy’s invasion fleet has been destroyed; its huge losses on the field of battle have left it on the brink of surrender; the enemy soldiers will be slaughtered by our brave civilian defenders as they attempt to enter the capital; the resistance will triumph!

Thierry Cote (York): Celluloid Heroes: Music Movies of the Rock Era as Critiques of the Cultural Industries and Late Capitalism. From Celebrity Studies, Bethany Usher and Stephanie Fremaux (Teesside): Who Is He Now: David Bowie and the Authentic Self. Hollis Griffin (Denison): Hair Metal Redux: Gendering Nostalgia and Revising History on VH1. Rosemary Lucy Hill (Leeds): Hard Rock and Metal in the Subcultural Context: What Fans Listening to the Music Can Tell Us. Who invented “heavy metal”? Matthew Guerrieri on a new answer to how a genre got its name — and why it stuck. Richard Florida on how heavy-metal music is a surprising indicator of countries’ economic health. The Song Remains Pretty Similar: Did Led Zeppelin write the greatest song opening in rock history — or steal it? Walt Hickey on why classic rock isn’t what it used to be. Noah Berlatsky on 10 songs that disprove the rockist vs. poptimist rivalry. In defense of schlock music: Jody Rosen on why Journey, Billy Joel, and Lionel Richie are better than you think. Nico Lang on why we hate Nickelback. Prachi Gupta on the 7 most Taylor Swift-y lines in Taylor Swift’s essay about the music industry. Max Martin lyrics are silly: From Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys to Ariana Grande’s Break Free, his most ungrammatical lines. Vanessa Grigoriadis on Justin Bieber, a case study in growing up cosseted and feral. Britney Spears before auto-tune is just as bad as you imagined. Is the era of mid-2000s nostalgia already here? We all have sweet, nostalgic memories of "American Top 40" — but some Casey Kasem tributes misremember music history. Oh, you kid: Jody Rosen on how a sexed-up viral hit from the summer of ’09 — 1909 — changed American pop music forever.