A new issue of First of the Month is out. From the latest issue of Daedalus, Diana C. Mutz (Penn): The Great Divide: Campaign Media in the American Mind. Steve Coll reviews No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden by Mark Owen. The art and science of Nobel Prize prediction: How Thomson Reuters analyst David Pendlebury makes impressively accurate predictions of who will win. When foreign words and native accents meet: Jessica Love on the politics of saying it right. Don’t vote, compromise: Noah Berlatsky on The Economist and mindless ideological bipartisanship. Is copyright reform possible?: Pamela Samuelson reviews William Patry’s How to Fix Copyright and Jason Mazzone’s Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property Law. John Cotter interviews John Summers and Chris Lehmann on The Baffler. An ambitious $1 billion project aims to drill a hole all the way to Earth's mantle. Sex, money, red states and blue states: Cultural generalisations are dangerous — sometimes, however, statistical relationships are so strong that it is worth pondering their significance. Georgia’s next leader is Bidzina Ivanishvili, a billionaire zookeeper with albino rapper children.

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