Richard S. Kay (Conn): Constituent Authority. Jeremy Waldron (NYU): Constitutionalism: A Skeptical View. Richard Albert (BC): The Cult of Constitutionalism. Francis Joseph Mootz (UNLV): Ugly American Hermeneutics. Robert F. Alleman and Jason Mazzone (Brooklyn): The Case for Returning Politicians to the Supreme Court. Theresa M. Beiner (Arkansas): White Male Heterosexist Norms in the Confirmation Process. Michael Bailey (Georgetown) and Albert Yoon (Toronto): "While There's a Breath in My Body": The Systemic Effects of Politically Motivated Retirement from the Supreme Court. A deeper bench: A very brief case for Supreme Court term limits. From CRB, a review essay on books by Cass Sunstein. From Policy Review, who’s afraid of original meaning? George Thomas seeks coherence in Fourteenth Amendment jurisprudence. Pamela Karlan on how the phrase “judicial activist” is so frequently used that it has come to exemplify what George Orwell described in the 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language” as a term with “no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable’”. There are no liberals on the Roberts Court: It's conservatives vs. centrists when the justices hear arguments. Repealing common sense: The conservative mission to destroy the Constitution in order to save it (and a response). Precedent and Prologue: Jeffrey Toobin on Bush v. Gore, ten years later (and more by Richard Hansen).

A new issue of The Futurist is out, including an interview with Cory Doctorow; and we need a hero: Philip Zimbardo on applying the understanding of evil to the promotion of good. From the International Herald Tribune Magazine, a special issue on Global Agenda 2011, including contributions by Roger Cohen, Jeffrey Sachs, Wole Soyinka, and Slavoj Zizek. How many stars? Three times as many as we thought, report says. Like good magazine editors, America's diplomats have developed an ear for punchy, irreverent headlines, the better to attract readers' eyes. There is no denying that humans have had a lasting impact on the environment, but human activity has actually contributed to the maintenance, diversity, and embellishment of landscapes. Doyen of type design: Matthew Carter is the most-read man in the world. Dignity and work: These are some tentative thoughts about convolutions in the ideology of work. A look at how Foreign Policy morphed into an online daily. From EnlightenNext, orchestrating our many selves: Amy Edelstein on Jean Houston on the fallacy of self-mastery. A secretive banking elite rules trading in derivatives: In theory, clearinghouses exist to safeguard the integrity of the multitrillion-dollar derivatives market — in practice, they also defend big banks’ dominance (and a response). The Drone Wars: In Pakistan, the CIA's remote-controlled bombing campaign heats up. How do you raise a sunken Soviet sub? Ask the CIA.

Thomas J. DiLorenzo (LUM): The Culture of Violence in the American West: Myth versus Reality. A review of Manifest Destinies: America's Westward Expansion and the Road to the Civil War by Steven E. Woodworth. A review of Hollywood Westerns and American Myth: The Importance of Howard Hawks and John Ford for Political Philosophy by Robert B. Pippin (and more). One of the most famous hideouts of such outlaws as Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch, the Logan brothers, and Jesse James was a remote spot in Johnson County, Wyoming called the Hole-in-the-Wall. A review of Proving Up: Domesticating Land in U.S. History by Lisi Krall. How the West wasn't won: Frank Jacobs on Powell's water-based states. From NeoAmericanist, a special section on Imperial Cityscapes: Urban history and empire in the United States. The first chapter from The Big Ditch: How America Took, Built, Ran, and Ultimately Gave Away the Panama Canal by Noel Maurer and Carlos Yu. Islands and the law: An interview with Christina Duffy Burnett on the juridical shape of America’s insular empire. An interview with William Boyer, author of America’s Virgin Islands: A History of Rights and Wrongs. Basking in Hollywood spotlight: The tropical US territory of Puerto Rico is increasingly a backdrop in American and European cinema, standing in for Baghdad war zones, Brazilian slums, or cookie-cutter American suburbs.

Sherif Girgis and Robert George (Princeton) and Ryan T. Anderson (Notre Dame): What is Marriage? From MRZine, Roland Boer on the ethical failure of Terry Eagleton. Christian Caryl on WikiLeaks in the moral void. Blocking WikiLeaks: Can free speech be protected on a private Internet? Exposed: Village Voice Media's super-secret hipster-porn sex sites. Here are the first five hipsters to ever appear ever. An interview with dissident author Yu Jie: "China cannot be democratized overnight". Can science explain art, music and literature? Roger Scruton wants to know. From TED, Jason Fried on why work doesn't happen at work. The Business of Weird: Why people pay for bizarre experiences. If psychologists find signs of ESP, maybe psychologists have a problem. Blowing in the wind: Here is everything you ever wanted to know about farts. From Spectrum, an article on Ray Kurzweil's slippery futurism: His stunning prophecies have earned him a reputation as a tech visionary, but many of them don't look so good on close inspection. From Time, an interview with futurist Ray Kurzweil. Nassim Taleb looks at what will break, and what won't: Paradoxically, one can make long-term predictions on the basis of the prevalence of forecasting errors (and more and more and more). Sweden was only a technical failure away from a terrorist bloodbath as the Scandinavian monarchy was hit by the first suicide bomber in the nation’s history.

Bernard Dickens and Rebecca J. Cook (Toronto): The Legal Status of In Vitro Embryos. From Rorotoko, Lynn M. Morgan on her book Icons of Life: A Cultural History of Human Embryos. What about IVF? The embryo technology that evangelicals don’t oppose. From Philosophy TV, Michael Boylan and Rosemarie Tong debate reproductive rights and artificial reproduction. Assembling the Global Baby: With an international network of surrogate mothers and egg and sperm donors, a new industry is emerging to produce children on the cheap and outside the reach of restrictive laws. Modern parenting: If we try to engineer perfect children, will they grow up to be unbearable? (and a reponse) A review of Choosing Tomorrow's Children: The Ethics of Selective Reproduction by Stephen Wilkinson. Lessons from the womb: How much does prenatal influence matter? New research suggests that humans are profoundly affected for life by what happens to them before they are even born. The impulse to be social is so deep-seated in human consciousness that it’s even evident in the womb. Is this the pregnancy policewoman? A review of Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives by Annie Murphy Paul (and more and more and more and more). Mapping the genome of a fetus from its mother's blood could mean less risky screening for prenatal diseases. A review of Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America by Sara Dubow.