From New York, a look at the Wishy-Washy, Squishy-Squashy Pseudoscience of Electability: Is the nation more likely to elect a white woman, a black man, or an ex-mayor with a mean streak? Arguing about which candidate has the best shot next November is a game even sure losers can play. Electability vs. Experience: A look at the new calculus of the Iowa caucus. An interview with Sean Wilentz on making the case for Hillary Clinton. First Lady or World Man?: What experience is most valuable in a presidential candidate? Liberals' lesson Down Under: Democrats should take note of the success of Australia's Kevin Rudd. The Party of Jefferson: What the Democrats can learn from dead libertarian lawyer Moorfield Storey. Legal warrior: Can Ted Olson, the lawyer who won Bush v. Gore, win over social conservatives for Rudy Giuliani? President Rudy's war council: Norman Podhoretz and Daniel Pipes consider how the newly elected President should proceed in the world arena — the first act of a five-act play. Can Rudy's recipe for New York work for the world? Latter-day skeptics: A look at the Mormons against Romney, and Jonathan Chait on the wrong reason to hate Mitt Romney. Mitt the Mormon: Why Romney needs to talk about his faith. A look at how Mike Huckabee is rising — on a wave of economic populism. Here are five things Mike Huckabee doesn't want you to know about him: He's not a sane man (and more and more). Robert Novak on the false conservative: Why Huckabee makes real Republicans shudder. Ron Paul isn't that scary: It's that over-do-gooder Mike Huckabee who should be making conservatives nervous. Bad for Huckabee, good for America: By backing impure GOP candidates, evangelicals are showing signs of compromise. When religion becomes fair game: If candidates can court the faithful, they should be willing to answer questions of faith as well. An article on the politics of race and religion: Moral issues leave Black evangelicals torn between parties.

The Bogies: Radar nominates the most bogus awards in America. From The New York Observer, the little lady who fears nobody—not even Karl Lagerfeld! PETA president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk has no time for "old fogys" who use fur — "The young designers are great!"; celeb spawn swarm my social orbit: Not complaining—they can be quite charming! But it doesn’t seem quite fair that offspring of the rich and famous are sucking up all the glam media jobs; and The Bloggerina: She’s techno-savvy in a tutu! Meet iPhone spokesgal Kristin Sloan, the New York City Ballet babe who has computer geeks’ hearts doing grand jetes. One man’s trash: However unseemly and excessive this market may seem, the fact is that ever since there have been celebrities, there have been people rooting through their rubbish. From Vanity Fair, on the limits of self-improvement: Continuing his quest for a healthier, more handsome Hitch, the author puts himself in the hands of four experts — yes, a Brazilian wax was involved. A review of Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs: A Parody by Fake Steve Jobs. Larry King, sucker: Now it's official. America's preeminent TV interviewer will believe anything.

A look at how an attempt to undermine Roe vs. Wade by amending constitutions to grant human status to embryos gains ground in several states. A review of This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor by Susan Wicklund. A review of Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood, and Abortion. A review of Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice by Francis J. Beckwith. A review of Anne Hendershott’s The Politics of Abortion. Why has James Hitchcock attacked Judie Brown, Pat Buchanan, The Remnant, The Wanderer and practically the whole Catholic right? And why has Father Richard Neuhaus lent him a hand?

From the International Journal of Zizek Studies, a special issue on Enjoying the Cinema, including Hugh S. Manon (OSU): Qui Perd Gagne: Failure and Cinematic Seduction; Jennifer Friedlander (Pomona): No Business Like Schmo Business: Reality TV and Fetishistic Inversion; Paul Eisenstein (Otterbein): Devouring Holes: Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream and the Tectonics of Psychoanalysis; and David Denny (Marylhurst): Signifying Grace: a reading of Lars Von Trier’s Dogville. From The Hindu, Bollywood needs to change its act: Despite the success of Hindi films abroad, Bollywood has not really made a dent in the global cinema market. Life's a Blur: A look at how biopics should face fact and fiction. The cutting edge: Director Katie Mitchell has been accused of a willful disregard for classic texts — her reworking of The Trojan Women for a modern audience is likely to enrage purists. Terry Teachout on the price of the ticket: It costs a lot to see a Broadway show — is it worth the expense?

A review of The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In by Hugh Kennedy. Muslim democracy an oxymoron? A review of Democracy in Muslim Societies. Islam and the future: Egyptian-born Nonie Darwish has been denounced as an infidel for attempting to promote reconciliation between Israelis and Arabs. Found in translation: A new initiative to translate important books into Arabic has announced the first 100 titles — and its a pretty good start. From The American Conservative, an article on Islamofascism, the imaginary adversary. Timothy Garton Ash on how "Islamofascists" and "Islamists" are not the right labels. But Muslim opinion leaders must condemn violent jihadists. A review of The Politics of the Veil by Joan Wallach Scott.

A new issue of The Global Spiral is out. A little risky business: The unusual properties of tiny particles contain huge promise, but nobody knows how safe they are — and too few people are trying to find out. Geometry is all: A shape could describe the cosmos and all it contains. The world's most mind-boggling questions explained: The co-author of The Origins of the Universe for Dummies explains how the universe began and how it could all end. Paul Davies on taking science on faith: Until science comes up with a testable theory of the laws of the universe, its claim to be free of faith is manifestly bogus. They may never persuade other scientists the earth is young, but creationist geologists are having an impact on other Christians. More and more on Avoid Boring People by James D. Watson. An interview with Craig Venter on his scientific love for the human genome. A review of The Genetic Strand: Exploring a Family History Through DNA by Edward Ball. A review of Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body by Jennifer Ackerman.

From History & Policy, an essay on facing the challenge of climate change: energy efficiency and energy consumption. Climate and human history: The first chapter from Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate by William F. Ruddiman. Let's not shoot the climate messenger: The press is accused of painting such a bleak picture of the planet's prospects readers believe nothing can be done. director Larry Brilliant on the case for global warming optimism. Real analysis has to distinguish those factors that will change in response to market forces and policy from the long-term, largely immutable, physical realities: We need political will to fight climate change. A look at why even a desperate measure of geo-engineering is starting to look reasonable. From Swans, whither Green Utopias: Journey to the past or visions of future? Into the "Wild": How a film and an essay reflect our changed ideas about nature.

From Comment, here are 50 things to love about politics. Hey, young Americans, here's a text for you: Is America still America if millions of us no longer know how democracy works? The amero conspiracy: Behind closed doors, a secret cabal is planning the end of the United States as we know it — inside a paranoid vision for our time. Here's a map of North America, the Balkans version. From National Journal, a cover story on The New Washington: A more diverse, tech-savvy generation is making Washington less insular and more accessible and accountable to the rest of the country, and more on the rainbow push and a tale of two lobbyists. So, how funny is Washington? As funny as a GS-14 writing regs for outsourced procurement functions. Fred Barnes on the case against despair: It's not impossible to shrink the federal government. Rewriting Uncle Sam's role: A new coalition of nonprofits is trying to promote collaboration between government and so-called "social entrepreneurs" who apply business school imperatives to the field of philanthropy.

From Theory & Science, Jon VanWieren (WMU): Decisions, Decisions, Decisions... Intentionality, the Growth of Knowledge, and Cultural Evolution: Establishing Evolutionary Reasoning in the Social Sciences. A review of The Disobedient Generation: Social Theorists in the Sixties. A review of Explaining Social Behavior: More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences by Jon Elster. A review of Peter T. Manicas's A Realist Philosophy of Social Science: Explanation and Understanding. Musings on time and utopia: While Jacques Derrida teaches that deconstruction is immanent within time, Henry David Thoreau believed that the genius that is the child in us starts with our original amazement (and part 2 and part 3).

From Praesidium: A Journal of Literate and Literary Analysis, an essay on Orality and Literacy Revisited: Beleaguered Allies Against the Technical Onslaught of the Visual. A review of Language and Globalization by Norman Fairclough and Discourse by Jan Blommaert. A review of Indo-European Poetry and Myth by M.L. West. A review of When Heroes Love: The Ambiguity of Eros in the Stories of Gilgamesh and David by Susan Ackerman. A review of Beowulf: A New Translation for Oral Delivery. As we like him: A review of Will by Christopher Rush; Shakespeare’s Wife by Germaine Greer; and The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street by Charles Nicholl. A review of William Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson (and more). The pimp and the playmaker: What exactly was Shakespeare up to in Silver Street, renting a room above a wigmaker's and collaborating with a villain? The orphan playwright: He collaborated with Shakespeare and adapted his plays after his death, but Thomas Middleton was always overshadowed by the Bard. A new collected works is set to change all that.