Yael Ronen (HUJ): Recognition of the State of Palestine: Still Too Much Too Soon? Zane Goebel and Nicholas Herriman (La Trobe): The Intimacy of Persecution: Gossip, Stereotype, and Violence. Lucas Gonzalez (CONICET): The Distributive Effects of Centralization and Decentralization across Sub-National Units. From NYRB, David Cole on the NSA on trial. The question facing Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Stay or go? (and more) If Ruth Bader Ginsburg is replaced by a Republican, here is what happens to the law. Marc Tracy on why Ruth Bader Ginsburg should retire from the Supreme Court. From Yes!, James Trimarco on six good things Occupy Wall Street made possible (that you probably already take for granted). Jeffrey Rosen goes inside the stunning court smackdown on NSA spying. Sociologist Theodore Caplow studied Christmas gifts, and here's what he learned: Clothing makes the best gift of all. David Dayen on Jamie Dimon’s perp walk: Why it could be this year’s Christmas miracle. Can buildings be too young to save? Ruth Graham on the struggle to predict — and preserve — the architectural landmarks of tomorrow. Image restoration in political sex scandals: Margaret Moran on what to do (and what not to do) when you're caught with your pants down. From Folio, Michael Rondon on how local magazines figured out what Patch never could: City and regional magazines cater to service journalism and local advertisers. Brad DeLong reviews Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.