A new issue of Harvard Political Review is out. Quamrul Ashraf and Oded Galor say the range of a given population’s genes — determined 70,000 to 90,000 years ago when humans first journeyed out of East Africa — played a decisive role in determining which lands would hit the economic jackpot. The Thin Red Line: Dexter Filkins on the White House debate over Syria. A person named “John Titor” started posting on the Internet one day, claiming to be from the future and predicting the end of the world — then he suddenly disappeared, never to be heard from again. If the Millionaires’ Party ever gets its act together, watch out: They would have a filibuster-proof super-majority in the Senate, a majority in the House, a 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court, and a man in the White House. Semper Fi, Dude: It’s the Marines against the surfers in a California beach battle.

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