From ProPublica, what effect, if any, did voter ID laws have on the election? Suevon Lee investigates. From National Review, Ramesh Ponnuru on the Republican Party’s problem. Denialists, whiners, and wackjobs: Paul Begala on how there’s more than one way to be a Republican. Martin W. Lewis on the Republican postmodern turn, Silicon Valley, and California’s political transformation (and more on the 2012 election). Adam Hefty on a review of progressive third parties in U.S. elections. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Joe R. Feagin, Enid Logan, and Josh Pacewicz on the social significance of Barack Obama, revisited. When the nerds go marching in: Alexis Madrigal on how a dream team of engineers from Facebook, Twitter, and Google built the software that drove Barack Obama's reelection. Unlike Ike, Obama is a Hofstadterish intellectual who takes ideas very seriously as a person if not necessarily in his day job. Welcome to the Obama Haters Book Club — a parallel universe of fear mongering for fun and profit. The search for serious literary fiction for Republicans — what else is there, beyond Atlas Shrugged? After the 2012 election, what's next for Ayn Rand? Assume joke dead: Why is the political class so obsessed with being funny? Alex Pareene wants to know.

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