From CQ Politics, which is better: the No. 2 spot... or going back to the Hill? Francisco Ayala is a roving defender of evolution, and of room for God. From Seed, counting down to the election, America's science community is asking itself some deep questions about the interplay between science and politics. From Secular Web, an essay on Charles Darwin and the evolution of the human mind. From CUP, the introduction to Darwinism and its Discontents by Michael Ruse; and the first chapter from Evidence and Evolution: The Logic Behind the Science by Elliott Sober. Do white right-wing preachers have it easier than black left-wing preachers? EJ Dionne wants to know. Niall Ferguson reviews Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century by Tony Judt (and more and more). Why does going to a Rush show still feel almost like sneaking into a NAMBLA convention? The Southerner as historian (and vice versa): A review of Clyde N. Wilson's Defending Dixie: Essays in Southern History and Culture. From Good, at Somalia’s largest privately run refugee camp, they don’t wait for peacekeepers and aid workers; and invest in international news: There’s money to be made for commercial media in the business of global news. From abattoir to disco: Gregor Dotzauer travels through Croatia, a small land of great poets, all writing their way of the wreckage.

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