From the latest issue of Political Concepts, Stathis Gourgouris (Columbia): Human/Animal; Anat Matar (Tel Aviv): University; Oded Zipory (Stanford): Intelligence; and Yehonatan Alsheh (Free State), Dani Filc (Be Gurion), Naveh Frumer (New School), and Itay Snir (Tel Aviv): Equality. The private lives of public bathrooms: Julie Beck on how psychology, gender roles, and design explain the distinctive way we behave in the world's stalls. Insidious political cliche alert: Stop saying it’s all about the kids. Straight into the Fox News buzzsaw: Thomas Frank on why elite, billionaire liberalism always backfires. The lessons never learnt: The US’s contractors in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars were frequently embroiled in fraud and abuse — now they are looking for business in the US. Jonathan Chait on the Keystone Pipeline sideshow. Dylan Scott on how GOP lawmakers have taken steps to guarantee that many of their poorest residents will remain uninsured under the health care reform law, no matter what happens in the gubernatorial election. The death of the Sunday: The Sunday morning shows once occupied a sacred space in American politics; today, many influential Washington players can’t even remember the last time they watched. How Google Maps and Gmail will distort human history: Alyson Sheppard interviews Simon Garfield, author of On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks. The day has rolled around again when we celebrate Charles Krauthammer’s linking of his, and his administration friends’ credibility to a confident prediction about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

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