What to do when Rupert calls? Rupert Murdoch may be the perfect publisher for The Wall Street Journal. The Wrong Man for Dow Jones: The sale of Dow Jones to News Corp. would diminish the news quality and integrity of The Wall Street Journal and the independence of a leading national editorial voice. The O'Murdoch factor: Rupert Murdoch's bid to take over The Wall Street Journal is a dramatic illustration of why public ownership is a disaster for newspapers, and here are eight more reasons to distrust Murdoch.

Craigslist's Craig Newmark says people who run printing presses are "screwed". Critical Mass: Ken Auletta on how everyone listens to Walter Mossberg. BostonNow, a free weekday daily, is culling blog posts and running excerpts next to articles from reporters and newswires.  Storybook Ending: Virginia Postrel tells the tale of how an enterprising first-time publisher gave the beloved children's book Mr. Pine a second life. So many news articles are the same; only the names are changed. A blank template from Michael Park takes the legwork out of your next general-interest piece.

Tim Berners-Lee on the Semantic Web: The inventor of the World Wide Web explains how the Semantic Web works and how it will transform how we use and understand data. The Hapless Seed: Publishers and authors should stop cowering; Google is less likely to destroy the book business than to slingshot it into the 21st century. Does your name Google well? In the age of Google, being special increasingly requires standing out from the crowd online. As more people flood the Web, that's becoming an especially tall order for those with common names. Annalee Newitz on the Myth of the Universal Digital Library: Sorry, but we can't digitize everything. Here's why.

Fragmentary Knowledge: Was the Antikythera Mechanism the world’s first computer? How uses, not innovations, drive human technology: A review of The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History Since 1900. The Web 2.0 Bubble: Michael Hirschorn on why the social-media revolution will go out with a whimper. From Wired, an article on online advertising: So good, yet so bad for us. And How To Trick an Online Scammer Into Carving a Computer Out of Wood: Deceit and counter-deceit in the "Scamosphere"

From Open Democracy, an end to exclusivity: A move towards greater public access to state information is another step to constitutional government in China; and North Korea may be facing another food emergency. If it develops, the world needs to learn lessons from the mid-1990s famine in the country. Accidental Tourist: How three years in Korean prison changed one young American's spritual and sexual worldview. While the Japanese continue to get the blame for WWII enslavement, forcing women into sexual bondage continues.

A review of Perfect Hostage: a Life of Aung San Suu Kyi. Shackled by the Neck: Burma’s Long Neck Karen choose exploitation in a tourist village rather than returning to a civil war. A review of Human Rights on Asia: A Comparative Legal Study of Twelve Asian Jurisdictions, France and the USA.

From TNR, my journey through Darfur. Bernard-Henri Lévy on a guided tour of hell (and a video interview). A review of Chief of Station, Congo by Larry Devlin. An interview with Archbishop Pius Ncube, Zimbabwean human rights and pro-democracy activist. Desmond Tutu slams African leaders on Zimbabwe.

A look at how liberation theology, which the pope once called "a fundamental threat," retains its appeal in Latin America. From Axess, Ernesto "Che" Guevara is hot once again. But the historical record reveals that Che bore all the repressive hallmarks of his Soviet and Maoist masters. An interview with Ben Dangl, author of The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia. The unnecessary conflict in the south Atlantic in 1982 between Britain and Argentina helped sow the seeds of more momentous and destructive wars, says Fred Halliday.

From Asia Times, are the Arabs already extinct? Rotting empire v inept enemy: Why the Islamist threat is greatly exaggerated. We can never make ourselves invulnerable to terrorism. But certain steps would reduce our vulnerability to as close to zero as possible. The Smarter Emergency Kit: When everything goes to hell, you'll want gear that gives you an evolutionary advantage over your less-prepared neighbors.

From Commentary, is Israel the problem? With the Middle East in crisis from end to end, analysts focus on one rather peripheral dispute. Middle East experts to rate the chances of the politicians gunning for Olmert’s job. AIPAC on Trial: The lobby argues that good Americans spy for Israel. And surprise! The US spies on Israel more than Israel spies on the US

From PopMatters, High-Minded Bullshit: Philosophy itself is often regarded as part and parcel with the bullshit of popular culture. But it is philosophers who been trying to determine exactly what bullshit is and how it works its magic. Scenes From An Obscenity Conference in Iowa City: Shit is not happening at this academic meeting—but not for lack of trying.

From AFT, an article on the myth of the tenured faculty; and do high presidential salaries hurt the academy? A debate. Profs show hostility toward evangelicals: An interview with Gary Tobin on "The Religious Identity and Behavior of College Faculty". From TNR, why don't we study military history? David A. Bell investigates. Gen. John Abizaid, who spent three years as the top commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, will start his retirement as a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

50 years later, Little Rock can’t escape race: An Arkansas school district is still riven by racial conflict, and some question how much progress has been made. From Australian Book Review, an essay on Making the World Safe for Diversity: Forty Years of Higher Education. Exporting Idiocracy: Sending American-style education to China could stunt the dragon’s rise.

A review of Buddhists, Brahmins, and Belief: Epistemology in South Asian Religion. A review of Indo-European Language and Culture: An Introduction. A review of Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalization. A review of The Veil of Isis: An Essay on the History of the Idea of Nature.

From Humanist Perspectives, an interview with Michael Shermer, author of The War on Science & Reason pdf. From The Scientist, an article on watching the brain lie: Can fMRI replace the polygraph? From Bookslut, an interview with Mark Solms, a founding figure of neuro-psychoanalysis and the co-director of the International Centre for Neuro-Psychoanalysis.

From Portfolio, the Ka-Ching! Dynasty: How bubbly is the Chinese art market? That might depend on how "Chinese" the art looks; Marianne Boesky—yup, Ivan's daughter—has found that selling contemporary art can be an ugly business; a review of Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich; and when Dad's got too much cash, turning 13 can be a seven-figure affair. Here’s a sampling of the past year's most extravagant bar and bat mitzvahs. Exercise in excess: How did the prom become such a pricey pageant? In her new book on the American wedding industry, Rebecca Mead speaks on the garish events that weddings have become, and what it tells us about ourselves. Dress Sense: Virginia Postrel on why fashion deserves its place in art museums. You Say Renoir, I Say Cézanne: A review of The Clarks of Cooperstown. Nothing like this Picasso: The "ugly" Les Demoiselles, which turns 100 this spring, may be art's most influential work.

Lofty Ambitions: Once upon a time, lofts were cheap spaces for struggling artists. Today they are phony and pricey, and that¹s just fine. From Frieze, what's Left? How the political divide between democratic socialists and romantic anarchists impacts on the art world. From Politics and Culture, a series of essays on Neoliberal Culture. And Give My Returns to Broadway: How a new crop of investors is applying Wall Street ideas about risk reduction to one of the riskiest investments of all

From the inaugural issue of Condé Nast Portfolio, The Sheik Who Would Be King of Horse Racing: How the ruler of Dubai came to dominate — with one very large exception — the lucrative business of Thoroughbreds; Weapons of Mass Production: As the debate rages over the ultimate cost of the Iraq invasion, a look at some of the companies that are getting combat pay; and on the $300 Trillion Time Bomb: If Warren Buffett can't figure out derivatives, can anybody? The Wizard Drops the Curtain: The capitalist faithful from all over the world came to Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders meeting, to worship the past and wonder about a future without company chairman and investor in chief Warren Buffett. Genocide in the boardroom: A moral dilemma interrupts Buffett's love-in.

From CT, not so exceptional after all: American evangelicalism reassessed; can you reason with Christians? A response to Sam Harris' Letter to a Christian Nation; and "Is Christianity good for the world?" Theologian Douglas Wilson and atheist Christopher Hitchens debate. From Skeptic, a review of God is Not Great (and more). Mark Oppenheimer on Hitchens' glaring error. Defiance is his raison d'etre: Just don't expect any mild sentiments from combative public intellectual Christopher Hitchens.

From Briarpatch, why Feminism isn’t for Everybody: Will gender-based oppression end if we ask politely? Not bloody likely. A review of The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much? A review of How To Hepburn: Lessons on Living From Kate the Great. A review of The Sister Knot: Why We Fight, Why We’re Jealous, and Why We’ll Love Each Other No Matter What.

From Radar, Atomic Moms: The 10 worst mothers in the world. The moods, modes and methods of motherhood: A review of Waiting for Daisy; You're Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom; and Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence. The Incredible Shrinking Father: Artificial insemination begets children without paternity, with troubling cultural and legal consequences. It's hard to be a man: More and more on Impotence: A Cultural History by Angus McLaren. Research suggests men's sexual behavior adapts to perceived threats. Mama's Boys are Braver: A mother's presence, a new study suggests, can go a long way toward making the world less frightening. Test Your F.Q.: Got a Y chromosome? Then this sexism self-exam is for you.

All those fit young men running around in shorts, watched intently by lots of other (excited) grown men - football is the most quasi-camp sport of all. 10 Straight Questions: Just because you’re not hip to the straight lifestyle doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know a little something about heterosexuals pdf. The software mogul Tim Gill has a mission: Stop the Rick Santorums of tomorrow before they get started. How a network of gay political donors is stealthily fighting sexual discrimination and reshaping American politics doc. Bareback Mountain William Saletan on gays, horses, bimbos, and bestiality.

Is Ian Wishart's Eve's Bite the most un-PC book ever? Oh, Deborah Jeane, what are we going to do with you? An article on the Red-Light District and working the intersection of sex and power, and a look at the Happy Hooker's Code of Ethics. Prostitutes and Politics: Why is it still illegal to pay for sex? And Matthew Yglesias on Barely Legal Porn: Why we shouldn’t infantilize 18-year-olds

From History of Intellectual Culture, Yvon Grenier (St. Francis Xavier): Milan Kundera on Politics and the Novel; Susan M. Purviance (Toledo): Hutcheson's Aesthetic Realism and Moral Qualities; and Popular Cultural Studies and Accelerated Modernity: An interview with Steve Redhead, author of Paul Virilio: Theorist for an Accelerated Culture; a review of Print, Manuscript and the Search for Order, 1450-1830; an a review of Form and Meaning in the History of the Book: Selected Essays.

From Australian Book Review, Testosterone in Spring Street: A review of The Victorian Premiers 1856-2006; a review of Janette Turner Hospital's Orpheus Lost; a review of Adib Khan's Spiral Road; a review of Rodney Hall's Love Without Hope; a review of Tom Keneally's The Widow and Her Hero; and a review of Life Class: The Education of a Biographer.

From The Believer, an essay on The Codex Serpahinianus: How mysterious is a mysterious text if the author is still alive (and emailing)?; with its dark green Mercedes, Glenn Gould records, and spare but imposing furniture, Thomas Bernhard's house in Upper Austria is a creation as deliberate and public as any of his novels or plays; an interview with Dana Spiotta, author of Eat the Document: "I always think the novelist should go to the culture's dark places and poke around"; a review of A Bridge Dead in the Water by James Thomas Stevens: Is the disease part of the cure?; and a review of Varieties of Disturbance: Does Lydia Davis say more with what she says or with what she doesn't say?

From Axess, support that hinders: Should literature be a tool of the state? Essays on manoeuvring cultural policy in Sweden, state-sanctioned subjectivity in Germany, and art's middle-managers in France. From Australian Book Review, a review of Bad Dreaming: Aboriginal Men's Violence against Women and Children; a review of J. M. Coetzee's Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000–2005; a review of The Best Australian Poetry 2006 and The Best Australian Poems 2006; and a review of Terry Eagleton's How to Read a Poem.

The Poetry Foundation brings Donald Hall and Andrew Motion together in Chicago in what it called the first-ever joint reading by sitting poets laureate. In his prose as in his politics, a passion for radical expression: A review of Tales of the Out and the Gone by Amiri Baraka. Michiko Kakutani reviews Falling Man by Don DeLillo. Twenty years after The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe takes on the new Masters of the Universe.

A review of A Tranquil Star: Unpublished Stories of Primo Levi. God's Frozen People: Michael Chabon carves out a Jewish state in Alaska. An interview with Cassandra Clare, author of City of Bones. From Bookslut, an interview with Tao Lin, author of Eeeee Eee Eeee. And you and her and everything she knows: Miranda July—now an author, too—discovers the fine art of the epileptic fit

From the European Journal of International Law, Andrea Bianchi (GIIS): Assessing the Effectiveness of the UN Security Council's Anti-terrorism Measures: The Quest for Legitimacy and Cohesion; a review of The UN, Human Rights and Post-conflict Situations and Honoring Human Rights under International Mandates, Lessons from Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor; a review of Between Light and Shadow, The World Bank, The International Monetary Fund and International Human Rights Law and The IMF, The World Bank Group and the Question of Human Rights; and a review of United Nations Law and the Security Council and Le Pouvoir normatif du Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies: portée et limites pdf.

A review of Blind Oracles: Intellectuals and War from Kennan to Kissinger and The Parliament of Man: The United Nations and the Quest for World Government. Global governance and the division of labor: National governments need to be responsive and effective to fulfill their part of the “social contract” within a national society. The Gospel According to Sachs: An economist lectures the world on how to solve the problems of good and evil. Rich countries and their leverage on Africa: The African continent, with its abundant supply of mineral and natural resources, has suffered tremendously from the rapacious exploitation of those resources.

From TAP, The Trouble with Helping Iran's Dissidents: Iranian reform activists have a love/hate relationship with the Western NGOs that often advocate on their behalf. We need a strongman: Back to "Saddam without a mustache"? After all, the US eyes still on the Iraqi prize. The real tragedy of Iraq? Never mind the death and destruction - damage to the cause of liberal interventionism is what worries one columnist. In the face of disastrous policies and administrative incompetence, the president has an answer every time: Appoint a new "czar." Street Without Joy: Will Bush’s surge secure Baghdad’s bloodiest block?

From The Atlantic Monthly, The Army We Have: To fight today's wars with an all-volunteer force, the U.S. Army needs more quick-thinking, strong, highly disciplined soldiers. But creating warriors out of the softest, least-willing populace in generations has required sweeping changes in basic training (and an interview with Brian Mockenhaupt on the men and women who enter basic training today, and how the Army has adapted to meet their needs); and with Rumsfeld and Powell gone, and Cheney's power diminished, this is Condoleezza Rice's moment. Can she salvage America's standing in the Middle East—and defuse the threat of a nuclear Iran? Behind the curtain in Washington and Jerusalem with the secretary of state (and an interview with David Samuels on Rice and her ambitious efforts to secure peace in the Middle East).

The real reason we went to war: Don't listen to George Tenet: It wasn't because of Dick Cheney's wiles or Tenet's embarrassment about the "slam dunk", and one couldn't help but think of the peevishness of King John in 13th-century England. Cheney and the Saudis: For a glimpse at hidden power plays, keep your eye on Vice President Cheney's trip this week to Saudi Arabia. And King of the Plastic Rambos: More on Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy by Andrew Cockburn

From the Journal of World History, Peter Stearns (George Mason): Social History and World History: Prospects for Collaboration; Kenneth Pomeranz (UC-Irvine): Social History and World History: From Daily Life to Patterns of Change; and Merry Wiesner-Hanks (UW-Milwaukee): World History and the History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; and a review of Economic and Political Contention in Comparative Perspective by Maria Kousis and Charles Tilly.

From the Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy, Nir Eyal (Harvard): Egalitarian Justice and Innocent Choice. From The Oxonian Review, a review of Amartya Sen's Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny and Kwame Anthony Appiah's Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers. From Politics and Culture, a review of Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism Beyond the Nation, and a review of Adorno and the Political by Espen Hammer. A review of Berlin Childhood Around 1900 and On Hashish by Walter Benjamin.

A review of Icons and Power: The Mother of God in Byzantium. A review of Arguing About Gods. With God in His Sights: Christopher Hitchens takes on Gandhi, Billy Graham—and the Big Guy (and an excerpt from God is Not Great).

From Wired, an article on quantum somputing's big challenge: Quantum wiring. Can a seventeen-mile-long collider unlock the universe? Elizabeth Kolbert investigates. Envision This: Mathematicians design an invisible tunnel, an electromagnetic "wormhole" that results from turning invisible sphere inside out. Star Goes Out Big Time: Astronomers track a new kind of supernova, the brightest ever recorded. Polymers Are Forever: There was hardly any prior to 1945, but it may now be the most ubiquitous man-made substance on Earth.

From Discover, is there a genetic basis to race after all? It may not be a question of which genes, but how they behave. Ancient Australians were a people apart: Genetic evidence confirms Aborigines lived in isolation for thousands of years. Sex on the brain: Survey reveals brain differences between the sexes. Research suggests women would endure most pain for a best friend. Does the time of year in which a child is conceived influence future academic achievement?

From Inside Higher Ed, battle lines on U.S. News: 12 presidents call for boycott of survey of reputations, but magazine’s editor says it will survey others if presidents abstain. Cupid and Colleges: Students who truly prefer Tufts over Amherst or Columbia would have a way to show it. Teaching recent history from opposite perspectives: At Georgetown, it's Feith vs. Tenet and policy vs. intelligence. Bush's favorite historian: British author Alistair Horne explains what Pinochet, Sharon and Bush have all taken from his work, why peace means getting rid of the priests, and why Iraq is the wrong war in the wrong place. Hail to the Analysand: Be afraid of the leader who refuses to look in the mirror, Freud argued. And a purple patch on the lessons of history by Barbara Tuchman

From The Economist, an article on the tragedy of the commons: Property rights may be the way to preserve forests. The ethics of land and liberty: How can a person justifiably own something? There are clear moral principles that explain this, although many pundits get confused.

From The New Yorker, since all industries crave foreign markets to expand into but fear foreign competitors encroaching on their home turf, they lobby their governments to tilt the rules in their favor. Usually, this involves manipulating tariffs and quotas. But, of late, a troubling twist in the game has become more common, as countries use free-trade agreements to rewrite the laws of their trading partners. From the Department of Economic Heresy, Alan Blinder on how free trade's great, but offshoring rattles him. Making trade work for everyone: Voters aren’t happy with the reality of free trade—and Democrats are starting to listen.

Quick quiz: Is the dollar weak because Americans think President Bush is a miserable failure? Ignore the black swan: Why are the world's stock markets continuing to rise even though the signs of economic danger are multiplying everywhere? We are regularly taken for suckers by the unexpected. An interview with James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds.

From American Heritage, a look at how illegal immigration was born. From Shovels to Suits: The anti-immigration movement in the United States spans the vigilante border patrols of the Minutemen, the halls of Capitol Hill, the offices of think tanks and foundations, and the Web sites of white supremacist groups. Demagogues are spouting nativist nonsense about immigration, while candidates who know better are avoiding the issue. End of the melting pot? An article on how the new wave of immigrants presents new challenges.

From The American Prospect, don't blame immigrants for poverty wages: The remedy is wage protections, worker rights, and better education and training for both immigrants and native-born workers; false choices on poverty: Why we must address both economics and values; debt, the new safety net: Low-income families are saddled with very high-interest debt. They're not spendthrifts — their earnings are inadequate to fulfill basic needs; and is rising inequality reversible? Politics matters. For a half century, income inequality has fallen under Democrats but risen under Republicans. John Edwards believes a new labor movement is the answer to the country's great divide. Should corporate America be afraid of him? When The Class War Goes Local: In Montana, corporate execs and their GOP allies gather to fight "employee-slanted" policies.

Big business as healthcare reform's unlikely ally: A big-business coalition, breaking ranks with smaller firms, will lobby Sacramento and D.C. to expand coverage to all. Ezra Klein on The Health of Nations: How Europe, Canada, and our own VA do health care better. From Truthdig, Chris Hedges on The Greatest Threat to Choice. And do low-income women have a right to choose? Advocates say the cost of abortion makes it inaccessible to many women — which is why the Dems should be pushing to repeal the ban on public funding for the procedure

From TNR, a review of The Savage Detectives and Amulet by Roberto Bolaño, and a guide to the best foreign novelists you've never heard of. Independent Africa's hopeful infancy: A review of You Must Set Forth at Dawn by Wole Soyinka.

From n+1, a memoir of childhood under Czech communism. A review of Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk. From Sign and Sight, Steppenwolf's archivist Roman Bucheli visits Volker Michels at his Hermann Hesse archive, the "most functional" documentation centre on one of Germany's best selling authors. George Szirtes welcomes a new collection of Primo Levi's mischievous and bitter short stories, A Tranquil Star.

From Salon, an interview with Michael Chabon, author of The Yiddish Policemen's Union, on Jewish identity, Chassids as hobbits, his love of Barack Obama and the joys of writing a Yiddish-Alaskan detective novel. From The Village Voice, the Upper West Side goes to the dogs in Cathleen Shine's The New Yorkers. Richard Flanagan’s stunning new novel The Unknown Terrorist gives us a world headed toward irredeemable disaster. A review of The Pest House: An unlikely Adam and Eve set out in a ravaged America (and more and more and more). Victim returns to crime scene 30 years later, as an author: An interview with Terri Jentz, author of Strange Piece of Paradise.

Poetic science on the passage of time: A review of The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble. A review of Best New Paranormal Romance. The publisher of Little Pink Slips is marketing the novel as a roman à clef — a kind of Devil Wears Prada for pink-slipped editors. Young Adult Fantasy with a Twist: A review of Un Lun Dun by China Mieville.

Book not ready for print? You can whip up an audiobook for a podcast for now. Book Tourist: Adventures in the magic terrain where readers and writers commingle. The prize bigger even than the Booker: Most literary endeavour ends not in failure. The birth of Cubism may not seem like standard fodder for a graphic novel. But the painting breakthrough is at the heart of The Salon, by Nick Bertozzi.

The taxonomy of stray shopping carts: In developing a book-length classification system for runaway retail buggies, a Buffalo artist strives to illuminate the mundane. And, no, he's not kidding. When the chips are down: A review of Bigger Deal: a Year on the New Poker Circuit by Anthony Holden (and more and more). The Main Squeeze: Though the accordion has been spiraling out of favor for decades, at least one man refuses to turn in the keys.

Banksy Was Here: Lauren Collins on the invisible man of graffiti art. Corporations have been usurping and reshaping Black mass culture for decades — hip hop is just the latest product line. A look at why war has broken out between jazz and hip hop. A review of Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting. Cover stories of Rolling Stone: How the iconic rock magazine's covers evolved over 40 years. And here are the 15 best songs that are totally about masturbation

From Der Spiegel, the rules of post-9/11 politics are reversed in Turkey, as a flareup over the prospect of an Islamic president shows. Western leaders are more worried about the Turkish military's intrusion into politics than about the ruling party's Islamic agenda. Genocide is not a fact: A review of La Perversion Historiographique: une réflexion arménienne.

From OstEuropa, democracy or the street? The demonstrations in Budapest in September 2006 marked the culmination of a conflict between Conservatives and the liberal Left. The rift is exacerbated by politicized disputes about the past; and a response: In the Hungarian case, it is not a question of whether history has been instrumentalized by politics, but of whether one approves of how it has been instrumentalized. Alshar, an ancient mine located in the southern Balkans, in Macedonia, is said to contain minerals that are found nowhere else on the planet.

From The Chronicle, what European Century? Euro-optimism has given way to Euro-pessimism. In that climate, the debate should be about which of the Continent's traditions and values can be saved, writes Walter Laqueur. Niall Ferguson on how Tony Blair's simplistic foreign policy landed him in Bush's lap and isolated from continental Europe.

Is Nicolas Sarkozy the French Margaret Thatcher? Although Sarkozy played the nationalist card during the election campaign, the future French president is still regarded as a beacon of hope for the EU., but he faces huge challenges, and the radical political and moral cure he wants to prescribe could instead trigger deep social conflicts in French society. Why Royal flopped: Her loss to Nicolas Sarkozy marked merely the latest in a string of missed opportunities for the Socialists in France.

Progressives' French Lesson: With their European friends in some trouble, American progressives may have both the opportunity and the obligation to find the new formulas. All France was transfixed as presidential candidates conducted a passionate, freewheeling debate this week. Why are American debates so intentionally stupid? From The Politico, what is the purpose of these debates? A look at why humans hate politics; a review of The Trap: Selling Out to Stay Afloat in Winner-Take-All America; and if an Old Boys' Club isn't accepting new members, the next best thing to do is start your own.

Does Oprah's magic touch extend to the realm of presidential politics? Last week, for the first time, Ms. Winfrey endorsed a political candidate, Senator Barack Obama. A review of The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution. Generational Tensions: The sons and daughters of some iconic Republicans (Ike! T.R.!) are contemplating crossing the aisle. Can Fred Thompson rescue Republicans in 2008? In Orange County, the ex-Tennessee senator, "Law and Order" star and possible '08 contender acts presidential for a night. Jonathan Chait on how Republicans go week-kneed for tough guys. And Michael Barone on the realignment of America