Aysun Ozkose (Karabuk): The Bathing Tradition in Anatolia. From The Weekly Standard, who is Thomas Nagel and why are so many of his fellow academics condemning him? Malcolm Thorndike Nicholson on Hilary Putnam, a philosopher in the age of science. Noam Chomsky talks to John McDermott about Chavez, Obama and the link between activism and academia. John Brennan in grad school: Destroying democracy helps save it. From National Defense, services can't be selfish if military is to succeed, says Air Force planner. What about Rob Portman’s daughter? Irin Carmon on why Republicans' new empathy on gays and immigration won't extend to reproductive rights. End of points: The wine points system might not go as quietly as Robert Parker, Jr. Why politicians pursue austerity policies that never work: Henry Farrell reviews Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Blyth.

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