From Humanitas, Walter A. McDougall (Penn): The Challenge Confronting Conservatives: Sustaining a Republic of Hustlers (and responses by Michael P. Federici and Richard M. Gamble and a reply). Cosimo Magazzino (Roma Tre): The Economic Policy of Ronald Reagan: Between Supply-Side and Keynesianism. Landon Schnabel (Andrews): Whatever Happened to the Christian Coalition? A Sociohistorical Content Analysis of the Contract with the American Family and the Republican Party Platform. Ed Kilgore on why the Christian Right doesn't care that Mitt Romney is a Mormon. From Christianity Today, a review of The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism by Jeffrey Bell; and Amy E. Black on the cure for election madness: How to be political without losing your soul. Jason Stahl on historicizing the conservative think tank. Jonathan Cohn on the blind spot in Romney's economic plan. Emperor of no: How anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist rose from Weston to Washington. From New York, Frank Rich on how conservative donors are buying this presidential election; and the GOP’s woman problem is that it has a serious problem with women. A new e-book from Philip Klein, an unusually forthright conservative, advises the right on how it can avoid the mistakes of 2001 to 2008.

A new issue of Public Diplomacy is out. Kaarina Maatta and Satu Uusiautti (Lapland): Love and Play: Are They the Same? From Cato Journal, a special issue on monetary reform in the wake of crisis. Oprah Winfrey and OWN on the Ropes: Chicago's former media queen is struggling to save the network that bears her name — how things went so wrong and how Oprah is handling the career challenge of her life. PC Wars Redux: Why are millennials re-litigating the political correctness fights of the 90s? Richard Dawkins on why he wants all our children to read the King James Bible. What are the core competences of high finance? (a) Finding fools for counterparties and (b) evading regulations/disguising gambling as hedging. Over steak and fries Cornel West, the professor of African-American studies and religion, talks about losing faith with Obama. Do you assholes realize that Vice has been putting out the magazine every 30 days for something like 40 years now? Here's another one, on weirdness. From Harper’s, killing the competition: Barry C. Lynn on how the new monopolies are destroying open markets.

From Gelf, if you're at all familiar with Dave Zirin's work, you already know what the man is going to say — it will be passionate, it will be thought-provoking, and it will be anything but the conventional sports conversation. A review of Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball by Rebecca T. Alpert. An interview with Mary Louise Adams, author of Artistic Impressions: Figure Skating, Masculinity, and the Limits of Sport. Is cage fighting ethical for Christians? The first chapter from Mathletics: How Gamblers, Managers, and Sports Enthusiasts Use Mathematics in Baseball, Basketball, and Football by Wayne L. Winston. The Dilettantes of the PGA: David Macaray on why golf is a pussy game. Soccer's heavy boredom: It's true — mostly nothing happens, so why do we keep watching? People who identify themselves as sports fans tend to have lower rates of depression and higher self-esteem than those who don’t. Should college football be banned? According to the crowd at the final Slate/Intelligence Squared live debate, the answer is definitively: yes (and more by Buzz Bissinger).