Lisa Larrimore Ouellette (Yale): Patent Experimentalism. Amy Ronner (St. Thomas): Let's Get the “Trans” and “Sex” Out of it and Free Us All. Stephen D. King, chief economist of HSBC, may not be the author of The Shining or Carrie, but that doesn’t mean his new book, When the Money Runs Out: The End of Western Affluence, doesn’t offer a vision of a world with more, er, Misery. Does your period affect your politics? Charles Bethea on how the long history of sexist pseudo-science grows a little longer. Everything you know about immigration is wrong: We’ve wasted a whole lot of money on immigration policy and are about to waste a whole lot more. Glenn Greenwald on Michael Hayden, Bob Schieffer and the media's reverence of national security officials. Why is the U.S.’s 1 percent so much richer than everywhere else? Lydia DePillis investigates. Women know more than just love and sex: Big media outlets seem to think women's only area of expertise is themselves. The neoclassical synthesis, the idea that we can use monetary and fiscal policy to make the world safe for laissez-faire everywhere else, has failed the test — what does this mean? Paul Krugman wonders (and a response). The fast-growing federal prison population is crowding out other key Justice Department programs — no wonder Eric Holder wants to curb drug sentencing. Eradicate small dogs now and save the nation from this urban menace.

Erik M. Jensen (Case Western): Did the Sixteenth Amendment Ever Matter? Does It Matter Today? David Schleicher (George Mason): The Seventeenth Amendment and Federalism in an Age of National Political Parties. Making slavery safe: Henry Wiencek on his book Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves. Winston Groom reviews A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War by Thomas Fleming. Tom Clavin on how there never was such a thing as a red phone in the White House. Bob Wintermute interviews Dale Maharidge, author of Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War. Chris Maisano interviews Penny Lewis, author of Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks: The Vietnam Anti-War Movement as Myth and Memory. American history, hacked to bits: William L. Bird Jr. on how we used to remember our nation’s past — with a chisel. Edward Berkowitz reviews Health Care for Some: Rights and Rationing in the United States since 1930 by Beatrix Hoffman. On Woodrow Wilson’s epic 1919 crusade to get America to support the League of Nations: An excerpt from Wilson by A. Scott Berg. From FDL, a book salon on Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters by Kate Brown. An excerpt from On Dissent: Its Meaning in America by David M. Skover and Ronald K. L Collins. Walter S. Montano on how Mexican food entered American popular culture.

Anya Bernstein (Chicago): The Hidden Costs of Terrorist Watch Lists. Keir A. Lieber (Georgetown) and Daryl G. Press (Dartmouth): Why States Won't Give Nuclear Weapons to Terrorists. From LARB, Elizabeth Stoker on Dostoevsky, inequality, and Tsarnaev’s humanity. Scholars of terrorism have anticipated the next development: “lone wolf” operators who solo, or in tiny closely linked units, attack with motives compounded of politics, religion and personal grievances. Two eyewitness versions of the final moments of Osama bin Laden have gone public thus far, and as is so often the case with eyewitness accounts, the two versions are in conflict — specifically over the question of exactly who killed the al-Qaeda leader. A new video released by As Sahab, al Qaeda's propaganda arm, on jihadist forums features Hossam Abdul Raouf, the editor of the terrorist organization's "Vanguards of Khorasan" electronic magazine. Evil in a Haystack: How do you find a terrorist hidden in millions of gigabytes of metadata? Elias Groll on why there's a good reason why so many terrorists are engineers. Molly Redden on how Facebook isn't the key to catching terrorists (and more). Al Qaida 2.0: Rukmini Callimachi goes inside Yemen terror leader’s blueprint for waging jihad. Shocker: Only 1% of so called terrorists nabbed by the FBI were real. There is no terrorist threat: The feds want you to think there is, compliant media goes along.

George H. Baker III (James Madison) and William R. Harris and Thomas S. Popik (FRS): Protecting the Electric Power Grid from Electromagnetic Pulse: Legal and Policy Aspects. Ronald R. Sundstrom (USF): Sheltering Xenophobia. Paolo Gerbaudo on the roots of the coup: It is political despair and lack of credible leadership that have led Egyptian revolutionaries to support the army’s removal of Morsi. Genevieve Pigeon on the conquest of the North: A modern idea with a mythical twist. Here is the introduction to Globalization, Social Movements, and Peacebuilding, ed. Jackie Smith and Ernesto Verdeja. 10 worst examples of Christian or far-right terrorism: Conservatives claim that all terrorists are Muslim, but most violent attacks in the US are carried out by white men. The Federal Reserve System is nuts — Neil Irwin on how we could remake it. Andrew Lanham on Walter White’s Heart of Darkness: Does any space remain for moral judgment? A nonhierarchical workplace may just be a more creative and happier one — but how would you feel if the whole office voted on whether to hire you and when to give you a raise? Michael Phillips onhow the government killed a secure e-mail company. Lavabit's Ladar Levison: “If you knew what I know about email, you might not use it”. What is the role of the humble dictionary in an era when word usage changes by the hour? Robert McHenry wonders. Greg Burris onChomsky or Zizek: Can’t we have both?

A new issue of the Graduate Journal of Social Science is out. Bent Flyvbjerg (Oxford): Making Social Science Matter. Karthick Ramakrishnan (UC-Riverside): Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Urgency of Public Relevance. From LSE Review of Books, Jason Brock reviews Cold War Social Science: Knowledge Production, Liberal Democracy, and Human Nature; and Kye Barker reviews Shaky Foundations: The Politics-Patronage-Social Science Nexus in Cold War America by Mark Solovey. Adam Gurri on how betting can improve the social sciences. Michael S. Lubell on why social science research matters. Let’s shake up the social sciences: It is time to create new social science departments that reflect the breadth and complexity of the problems we face as well as the novelty of 21st-century science (and a response). Andrew Gelman on why the old paradigm of a single definitive study in the social sciences should be abandoned. Social science’s noun of thorns: Michael Billig on the weaknesses of a discipline’s usage. Claude S. Fischer on the elusive quest for research innovation: Much of what is considered “new research” has actually been around for a while — but that does not mean it lacks value. “Nudge” back in fashion at White House: Courtney Subramanian on how Barack Obama’s newest initiative finds inspiration from social scientists who are trying to transform government throughout the world.

The inaugural issue of History of Women in the Americas is out. Hilary Charlesworth (ANU) and Christine Chinkin (LSE): The Creation of UN Women. Monica McWilliams (Ulster) and Fionnuala D. Ni Aolain (Minnesota): “There is a War Going on You Know”: Addressing the Complexity of Violence Against Women in Conflicted and Post Conflict Societies. Sahar F. Aziz (Texas Wesleyan): Democracy, Like Revolution, is Unattainable Without Women. Louise Fahey (Limerick): Theories of Feminism vs. Multiculturalism in Relation to Female Genital Mutilation. Why feminists should oppose the burqa: Islamic veiling is a form of sexist patriarchal oppression, and supporters of equality have a responsibility to say so, argues Terri Murray. From Mail Online, the women-hating Twitter trolls unmasked: From a respected military man to a former public schoolboy, men who anonymously spew out vile abuse online. Emily Greenhouse on Anita Sarkeesian and Twitter’s free-speech problem. Meet the female Indian vigilantes who are striking back: A 20,000-strong troop of women is changing gender politics in India. Meet Kimberly Motley, the American lawyer crusading for women inside Afghanistan’s tricky legal system. Christina Hoff Sommers on how to get more women (and men) to call themselves feminists: Focus on injustice, poverty, and women in parts of the world beyond the United States. Kurt Eichenwald on the controversial Texas law that would make screening for such health issues all but inaccessible to most women in his state.

Pelin Kesebir and Tom Pyszczynski (Colorado): Meaning as a Buffer for Existential Anxiety. From Harvard Law Review, Nancy Leong (Denver): Racial Capitalism (and a response by Richard Thompson Ford). Sally Satel on James Q. Wilson and the defense of moral judgment. Don't be fooled by the 20-week abortion bans — it's really about the other provisions, the ones that would make abortion all but illegal state-by-state. Tea Party to Republicans: Shut down the government, or you're a sellout. From Wired, the cheat code to life: Sneaky tricks, workarounds, and creative rule-bending to outwit the chumps and get what you want. Whither cultural critics? With access to books, movies, and television more open than ever, and research showing that crowdsourcing leads to biases, cultural criticism needs to change. Hedge funds: Rock stars to fallen stars? Kosovo marks 100th recognition, Abkhazia struggles to keep a handful of them. Forget the Capra-esque spirit of West Wing: Hit dramas such as Scandal, House of Cards, and Homeland paint Washington as a malignant game of thrones, with hit men and torture on tap — meanwhile, on the comedy front, Veep and Alpha House find their fun in political dysfunction. Neil Irwin on how the decline of newspapers has been good for everybody else. Creator of xkcd reveals secret backstory of his epic 3,099-panel comic. Google revamps search to feature in-depth articles.

From New York, what if everything we’ve come to think of as American is predicated on a freak coincidence of economic history, and what if that coincidence has run its course? Anat Shenker-Osorio on why Americans all believe they are “middle class”: A taxonomy of how we talk about class and wealth in the United States today. Can Americans afford a broad freedom to assume personal risk? Benjamin M. Friedman on the most important issue in American politics. Still waiting for change: Sylvia A. Allegretto on how economists are ignoring a class of workers whose wages have been frozen for decades. The pay is too damn low: James Surowiecki on how low-wage workers make headlines. Robert Putnam on crumbling American dreams. Want to achieve the American Dream? Jonathan Cohn on how it depends where you live. Where the wonders never cease: Chris Pomorski on hope and consequences in Atlantic City. The first chapter from Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb by Douglas S. Massey, Len Albright, Rebecca Casciano, Elizabeth Derickson and David N. Kinsey. A question for economic historians: has any non-feudal society been able to remain stable with this level of inequality? Yes, Wall Street is overpaid: Do employees of the financial sector deserve to be paid so much more than most other workers? The American zeitgeist in one word: “Desheeting”.

Anthony Johnstone (Montana): The System of Campaign Finance Disclosure. Richard L. Hasen (UC-Irvine): Three Wrong Progressive Approaches (and One Right One) to Campaign Finance Reform. From FDL, a book salon on Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex Is Destroying America by Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols. The electoral college is halfway to being abolished: The reform effort is picking up steam, but a lot has to happen for presidential elections to be decided by popular vote. Karen Hult reviews Two Presidents Are Better Than One: The Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch by David Orentlicher. In the age of K Street, soft money, and safe seats, it's tempting to abandon our political institutions and shout down our opponents — here's why we shouldn't. Breaking up is hard to do: Marc Horger on America's love affair with the two-party system. Zeke J Miller on the bipartisan call to bring back the smoke-filled room. Frank Rich on the stench of the Potomac: Bipartisanship is alive and well in Washington — it just takes place once Republicans and Democrats (lots of Democrats) cash in. Congress isn't what it used to be: The definitive source for data on our nation’s legislative branch, Vital Statistics on Congress, has been released online for the first time ever. Brian Christopher Jones on one redeeming quality about the 112th Congress: Refocusing on descriptive rather than evocative short titles.

A new issue of HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory is out. Reva Siegel (Yale): Dignity and the Duty to Protect Unborn Life. What’s an idea worth? Adam Davidson on why the billable hour no longer makes economic sense. Iran's new president Hassan Rouhani makes a promising first move. Rich investors say that it takes at least $5 million to feel wealthy, according to a new investor sentiment report from UBS — meanwhile, two-thirds of millionaires don’t consider themselves to be wealthy. Sarah Kliff on how most Americans would like to die before they turn 100 — radical life extension is not particularly popular. Harry Hopkins explains why stimulus doesn't work: “Don't forget that whatever happens you'll be wrong”. Should trans people have to disclose their birth gender before sex? A study finds military suicides are not correlated with military deployment. Brad DeLong on America’s health-care divide. It gets worse: How come nobody is making educational videos for straight teens? Harry Reid should kill the filibuster, for real this time: Democrats have all the leverage — why won't they use it? Ian Williams on geek culture: What is Superman in the twenty-first century but a corporate mascot, albeit one with a lavish backstory? Andrea Peterson on why a former NSA chief just made a big mistake by dissing hackers: When you desperately need the help of a group, it's usually not a good idea to call them would-be terrorist.