Scott Morgenstern and John Polga-Hecimovich (Pittsburgh) and Sarah Shair-Rosenfield (ASU): Tall, Grande, or Venti: Presidential Powers in the United States and Latin America. Emilio Pantojas Garcia (Puerto Rico): The Puerto Rico Status Question: Can the Stalemate be Broken? (and more on "The Last Colony") From Dissent, what does it mean to lose your citizenship? Linda K. Kerber on being stateless in the Americas. At the UN, a Latin American rebellion: Latin American leaders are reclaiming a right to differentiate their views from Washington's — and refusing to render it diplomatic tribute. Patrick Redford on how Americans cheat the Argentinean economy. Tomas Nonnenmacher reviews Economic Development in the Americas since 1500: Endowments and Institutions by Stanley L. Engerman and Kenneth L. Sokoloff. Luisa Parraguez, Francisco Garcia Gonzalez, Joskua Tadeo on Latin America — anti-US in words, not deeds: Despite spying allegations, the United States is locked into partnership with its southern neighbors. Is the U.S. the last country still fighting the drug war? Uruguay's new pot law is another big blow to Washington's drug policy. Border Patrol International: Stop thinking of our borders as just those strips of land running between the U.S. and Mexico and the U.S. and Canada. Sarah Lipkis on the United States of Canada. Diane Francis on why Canada and the U.S. should merge: It's past time for the two countries to eliminate their border. Adam Gopnik reviews Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country by Diane Francis.

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Zaragoza) and Ludmila Tataru (Saratov State): The Evolution of Narratology. The latest issue of Google’s Think Quarterly is devoted to the idea of openness, and what it means to the internet, to consumers, to marketers and to your business. How should you investigate a death? Sarah Childress finds out. When bacteria can no longer be stopped: How we can avoid a future in which antibiotics are no longer useful? Jonathan Cohn on five rules for talking about Obamacare in 2014. Are the U.S. media as transparent as the U.S. government? Monica Miller on how secular patriots want to be honest when they recite the Pledge of Allegiance (and more). From Conversations with History, an interview with Richard Rosecrance on the resurgence of the West. Are men better wired to read maps or is it a tired cliche? Tom Stafford finds out. Neil H. Buchanan on how the next debt ceiling crisis can be prevented if Democrats learn from filibuster reform. Ballet, what is the pointe? Josephine Urquhart looks at the ways in which sociality can be seen as an intrinsic part of ballet. Hana's Story: Kathryn Joyce on an Ethiopian adoptee's tragic fate, and how it could happen again. Ian Reifowitz on a Democratic Contract with America: How to retake the House and combat economic inequality. Among Cuban exiles, the old toast “Next year in Cuba” goes silent. David Allen on a world made safe for capitalism: Is Perry Anderson’s revisionist history of the Cold War credible?

Hannah Jacobs Wiseman (FSU): Regulatory Islands. Julien Daubanes (ETH Zurich) and Jean-Charles Rochet (Zurich): Activists versus Captured Regulators. David Freeman Engstrom (Stanford): Corralling Capture. Cass R. Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): The Law of “Not Now”: When Agencies Defer Decisions. Cass R. Sunstein (Harvard): The Regulatory Lookback. Brian Christopher Jones (IIAS): Don't Be Silly: Lawmakers “Rarely” Read Legislation and Oftentimes Don't Understand it, But That's Okay. Advocates against gobbledygook are trying to shame federal agencies into keeping it simple. Far-sighted policymaking is hard — Alan Jacobs and Scott Matthews on how to make it easier. Want honest public servants? Pay them better. Tim Murphy on the fastest-growing Washington industry you've never heard of: Wall Street firms can make fortunes with the right bits of Washington insider information — enter the booming political-intelligence business. The introduction to Lobbying America: The Politics of Business from Nixon to NAFTA by Benjamin C. Waterhouse. 2013 was a bad year for Wall St. lobbyists: Everyone assumed the banks would prevail — they didn't. The corporate “free speech” racket: Haley Sweetland Edwards on how corporations are using the First Amendment to destroy government regulation. Funding Fathers: Chris Lehmann on campaign finance and the shutdown debacle. “Why do you hate democracy so much?”: Jim Newell on how “institute” may just be America’s greatest word — you might say it grants legitimacy to charlatans.

Andrea Miglionico (Queen Mary): The Role of Ethics in the Anglo-Saxon Financial System. Gerald J. Postema (UNC): Law's System: The Necessity of System in Common Law. Ruthann Robson (CUNY): Beyond Sumptuary: Constitutionalism, Clothes, and Bodies in Anglo-American Law, 1215-1789. Duncan Bell (Cambridge): Before the Democratic Peace: Racial Utopianism, Empire and the Abolition of War. Thomas Crofts (Sydney): Regulating the Male Sex Industry. Timothy Jones on colonialism, homophobia and the legality of gay sex in the Commonwealth. The Association of Commonwealth Universities, the oldest university network, turns 100, launches campaign. Keith Windschuttle on the Anglosphere and its fifth column. Andrew Evan reviews Inventing Liberty: How English Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World by Daniel Hannan (and an excerpt on “the Anglosphere miracle”). Charles Moore on a reveille call to the slumbering Anglosphere. Russell Smith on how modern Anglo-Saxons just can’t get enough of their ancient filth. Kevin Hartnett on the American front lawn was really a British invention. Everyone loves a good stereotype: Liz Sawyer reviews Across the Pond: An Englishman’s View of America by Terry Eagleton. James Huffman on the world according to Kipling: At a time when Americans are becoming increasingly dependent, here is a reminder of what liberty and independence really are. Boxing Day in America: A guide for visitors from the U.K., Australia, and Canada. Emanuel Stoakes on colonial New Zealand. Why do we persist in thinking that standard English is right, when it is spoken by only 15% of the British population? Linguistics-loving Harry Ritchie blames Noam Chomsky.

Gert A. van Vugt (LSE): The Killer Idea: How Some Gunslinging Anarchists Held Freedom of Speech at Gunpoint. Margaret F. Brinig (Notre Dame) and Linda C. McClain (BU): Revisiting Mary Ann Glendon: Abortion, Divorce, Dependency, and Rights Talk in Western Law. From the Daily Dot, Jay Hathaway on how the NSA has nearly complete backdoor access to Apple's iPhone; and Joe Kloc on the 10 NSA leaks you need to understand in 2013. Mark Newman on an anthropological perspective on how the Coca-Cola Company pursue their aims locally while interacting with the global economy. If it happened there: How would we cover "Duck Dynasty" in another country. Michael Pepi on the postmodernity of Big Data: In addressing the insecurities of postmodern thought, Big Data falls prey to some of the same issues of interpretation. Ken Langone, the billionaire founder of Home Depot, is worried Pope Francis’ recent criticism of the wealthy and capitalism will be a “hurdle” for rich donors. Kill me now: Jaime Joyce on the troubled life and complicated death of Jana Van Voorhis. Loyal subscribers keep hobby magazines afloat: Some high-end hobby magazines have experienced steady circulation growth even as costs rise, and raise more revenue with special events for subscribers. Kira Craft on the 1980's power suit: Anger dressed as beauty. Judith Szabunia on the creation of identities, the formation of social relationships and the development of valuable skills in First Person Shooter games.

Jongchul Kim (Columbia): Identity and the Hybridity of Modern Finance: How a Specifically Modern Concept of the Self Underlies the Modern Ownership of Property, Trusts and Finance. Cally Jordan (Melbourne): How International Finance Really Works. Prasad Krishnamurthy (UC-Berkeley): Regulating Capital. Matthias Neuenkirch (Trier) and Peter Tillmann (SNB): Superstar Central Bankers. Anna Gelpern (Georgetown): Banks and Governments: An Arial View. Oscar Jorda (UC-Davis), and Moritz Schularick (FUB), and Alan M. Taylor (Virginia): Sovereigns Versus Banks: Credit, Crises, and Consequences. Paul De Grauwe (LSE) and Yuemei Ji (KU Leuven): Strong Governments, Weak Banks. Spencer Tyce reviews Beggar Thy Neighbor: A History of Usury and Debt by Charles R. Geisst. You can download Occupy Pennsylvania Avenue: How Politicians Caused the Financial Crisis and Why Their Reforms Failed by Kevin Villani. A Marxist take on economic meltdown: Ralph Atkins reviews Profiting Without Producing, How Finance Exploits Us All by Costas Lapavitsas. Wall Street’s favorite-son status is gone — it’s not happy about it. Jed S. Rakoff on the financial crisis: Why have no high-level executives been prosecuted? The Wolf of Wall Street can’t sleep: You can see why Leonardo DiCaprio wanted to play Jordan Belfort in the movie. Billionaire hedge-fund manager Dan Loeb calls himself an “activist investor”, but even in the rough-and-tumble financial world, his tactics — nasty, personal attacks on C.E.O.’s and colleagues — are considered extreme.

A new issue of Aspeers: Emerging Voices in American Studies is out. MiEsha Strickland (Cleveland State): Social Security Number Assignments: Coincidental, Intentional or Urban Legend? Brian Steele (UAB): Inventing Un-America. Scott Alan Carson (Texas): US Male Obesity from 1800-2000: A Long Term Perspective. Shannon Wambaugh on combating canine obesity in the United States. Gored in the U.S.A.: The running of the bulls comes to America. Carolyn Givens on the beauty of Americana. Sally Jenkins on how the flag came to be called Old Glory. Albert Burneko on the Great American Menu: Foods of the states, ranked and mapped. Why do we eat cereal for breakfast? and other questions about American meals answered. Kelsy Campbell-Dollaghan on what she found at Hart Island, the largest mass grave site in the U.S. Oklahoma Satanists seek to put monument on Capitol steps, next to Ten Commandments. Charlie Jane Anders on a map of the weirdest sex laws in the United States. A vindication of Juggalo Society: Daniel M. Rothschild on why America is increasingly down with the clown, and that’s OK. What’s wrong with America? Jared Bernstein wants to know. Jaime O'Neill on 12 signs America is insane: Chelsea Manning is in jail, Dick Cheney is not — need we say more? Lauren Ben on 10 reasons why the U.S.A. isn’t all bad. America 3.0: James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus on the coming reinvention of America. Jacopo della Quercia on 6 carefully planned “utopias” that went spectacularly insane.

Michelle Falter (Georgia): “You're Wearing Kurt's Necklace!”: The Rhetorical Power of Glee in the Literacy Classroom. Jonathan Neumann on God, Hayek and the conceit of reason. Chinese Muslims freed from Guantanamo ten years after being found innocent. A look at how Easter Island "collapse" may be a modern myth. Where does Obamacare stand? “Add all these up and you get a number between 9 and 10 million people who now have health care coverage because of the Affordable Care Act”. Will Sloan on Al Goldstein, the anti-Hef. Don’t go there: Valerie Curtis on the evolution of disgust. Wonkblog presents the third annual Wonky awards. Shahla Sultanova on the Lord of Nakhchivan: The whims and dictates of one man reach deep into the lives of those in this isolated piece of Azerbaijan. Can game theory solve a decades-old dispute? Timothy Oleson on gaming the system in the Caspian Sea. Republican thought on mass unemployment is a restaurant with tiny portions that taste terrible. Scott Timberg on how the Village Voice and other alt-weeklies lost their voice in 2013. After Obamacare: A frenzy of hospital mergers could leave the typical American family spending 50 percent of its income on health care within ten years and blaming the Democrats — the solution requires banning price discrimination by monopolistic hospitals. . Ian Urbina on how the U.S. flouts its own advice in procuring overseas clothing. Here's how potential presidential candidates are gearing up for 2016. Did Godot show up after all? Julian Scutts wonders

Galen Clavio and Patrick T. Walsh (Indiana) and Pat Coyle (Coyle Media): The Effects of Gender on Perceptions of Team Twitter Feeds. Ultimate recognition: Chucking a Frisbee is becoming a serious sport, and a lucrative business. James McWilliams on John McEnroe and the sadness of greatness. Sex is fine before sport — but only if 10 hours before. Jack Moore on the reactionary sports drug war: Steroids will continue to debase sports as long as the war against them solely targets players. Why is pro sports constantly jamming military fervor down our throats? Justin Doolittle on how their claims are wrong in more ways than one. Sarah Eberspacher on 5 times the U.S. government interfered in the world of sports: The results are about as mixed as you would expect. President Obama says he wants to host ESPN's SportsCenter when he retires. Sheila Bapat on how the NBA's path out of poverty is more an exception than a rule. MMA fighting: Matthew Stanmyre on an inside look at the brutal sport's rising popularity and danger. Travis Waldron on why America’s major sports leagues are talking about climate change. Are kids sports pricing themselves out of the market? As organized sports get pushed further out of reach of many poorer kids, one former college hoops star wants to even the playing field. Sam Laird on the Ballad of Kiwi Gardner: This is the story of a YouTube legend fighting for his basketball future.