Daniel McClure (Cal State-Fullerton): “Go West and Turn Right”: John Wayne’s Vietnam Trilogy, the Culture Wars, and the Rise of Neoliberalism. Jorg L. Spenkuch (Northwestern) and Philipp Tillmann (Chicago): Elite Influence? Religion, Economics, and the Rise of the Nazis. Marko Milanovic (Nottingham): Arguing the Kosovo Case. The Red Line and the Rat Line: Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdogan and the Syrian rebels. Charles Tan on a statistical analysis of American drone attacks in Somalia and Yemen. Is there a wonk bubble? Felix Salmon on why the boom in data journalism actually makes sense. Rich people rule: Larry Bartels on how political science is zeroing in on the political impact of economic power in America, and the results are not edifying. Justin Fox on why rational people can’t succeed as economic forecasters. Hamilton Nolan on the myth of the CEO. From Politico, Glenn Thrush profiles Joe Biden in winter. From The Atlantic Monthly, Hanna Rosin on the overprotected kid: A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery — without making it safer; a new kind of playground points to a better solution. What might be the Republican health-care reform endgame be? Republicans are committed to stopping redistribution from the "makers" to the "takers" — and who are the genetically disfavored, the poor, and those with preexisting conditions but "takers"? Unless you can do it blindfolded, please STFU.

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