Yasushi Asako (Waseda): Campaign Promises as an Imperfect Signal: How Does an Extreme Candidate Win against a Moderate One? What are the Implications? From The High Horse, no think tank wants to be known as a “pay for play” organization, but the concept is rather like “pornography”; and Marie Newhouse interviews Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, on “pay for play”. A review of Sharing the Prize: The Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the American South by Gavin Wright. How to do empire right? Manan Ahmed Asif reviews Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan (1839-42) by William Dalrymple. In the digital era, our dictionaries read us. From The Nation, Mattea Kramer and Chris Hellman on “homeland security”, the trillion-dollar concept that no one can define; and Lee Fang on how private prisons game the immigration system.