From TNR, Marc Tracy on the pivotal, behind-the-scenes story of how the Game Change guys get sources to talk. From Politico, take This Town and shove it: A White House reporter’s tale of sex, booze and the briefing room (and more). Could Politico transform their glib approach to political news? The answer is yes — they have successfully taken a shallow, celebrity-obsessed form of political journalism and made it much longer. Erik Wemple on Politico’s Mike Allen, native advertising pioneer (and more by Jonathan Chait). Given the reality that Politico has suffered little to no reputation damage from the Mike Allen payola scandal, it seems like selling favorable coverage, whatever the ethical merits, is in fact a brilliant business strategy. Natasha Lennard on why the Guardian editor should not have to love his country: Alan Rusbridger, grilled in U.K. parliament over Snowden leaks, had patriotism questioned — it should be irrelevant (and more). John Paul Titlow on how journalists at The Guardian built that epic NSA story. Tom Slee on how Pierre Omidyar’s journalistic venture is another of his efforts to fuse philanthropy with profit — so far, not so good. What would journalism look like without conventional standards of objectivity? Conor Friedersdorf interviews Jay Rosen about the quarter-billion-dollar experiment he's joining. Limiting democracy: Glenn Greenwald on the American media’s world view, and ours (2010). John Judis on how Glenn Greenwald and Bill Keller are wrong about objectivity in journalism (and more by Tim Carmody).

Matt Motyl, Shigehiro Oishi, Sophie Trawalter, and Brian A. Nosek (Virginia) and Ravi Iyer (USC): How Ideological Migration Geographically Segregates Groups. John Sides on how most Americans live in Purple America, not Red or Blue America: We're far less politically divided by geography than it may seem; and on how long commutes are making Americans more politically apathetic: New research suggests that those hours spent in traffic may actually hurt our democracy. Stop whining, centrists — bipartisanship is a myth that’s never existed: While Beltway elite pine for the "good old days" and condemn filibuster reform, they're wrong on the history. Bipartisan group finds bridges hard to build: No Labels brings together lawmakers of diverse ideological stripes to find solutions, but its effectiveness is questioned. Seth Masket on the radical political center that somehow never rises: Is it even possible for our country to support a moderate political party? Carl Desportes Bowman on the imagined American center. Mitchell Plitnick on the false center: Well-intentioned people like Robert Reich must be made to understand that you cannot simultaneously hope to change the course of so massive a machine as the Democratic Party and also do so in a nice, friendly manner. Neera Tanden on how Washington “centrists” don't want Obama to target inequality — they're pushing bad politics and bad economics. Michael Smerconish and Pete Dominick make Cedric Muhammad uncomfortable: What centrist-independents reveal about liberals and conservatives.

A new issue of Enculturation is out. Jeremy Engels (Penn State): The Two Faces of Cincinnatus: A Rhetorical Theory of the State of Exception; and Dewey on Jefferson: Reiterating Democratic Faith in Times of War. Kara W. Swanson (Northeastern): Patents, Politics and Abortion. From continent, a special “drift” issue spans five continents, seven countries, fourteen cities, mountains, archipelagoes, plains, and a little red dot. From New York, a special issue on Reasons to Love New York 2013. From the forthcoming International Encyclopedia of Political Communication, here is the entry on Political Culture by Filipe Carreira da Silva, Terry Nichols, and Monica Brito. Indian patriots vow to defend country's women from America. John W Berry on the culture-blindness of global psychology. What does being a vegetarian say about you? Tom Jacobs investigates. Alex Wild on 13 horrifying ways to die. Sex and freedom: Peter Brown reviews From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity by Kyle Harper. Nobel winner Randy Schekman declares boycott of top science journals. Laurie Bennett on an updated view of the Kochs and the Cato Institute. Will President Obama join a think tank after his tenure ends in 2017? Emily Wang on the rise of Banksy. George Dvorsky on soft paternalism, or the future of authority and obedience. Samantha Nicole Inez Chambers on Anime: From cult following to pop culture phenomenon. Ria Misra on 9 creepy patents that will make you lose faith in humanity.

Cristobal Salinas Jr. and Cameron C. Beatty (Iowa State): Constructing Our Own Definition of Masculinity: An Intersectionality Approach. Peter J. Phillips (USQ): Female Lone Wolf Terrorism: The Economic Analysis of Uniquely Gendered Lived Experiences. Ken Pennington (CUA): Women on the Rack: Torture and Gender in the Ius commune. From Crime Library, Katherine Ramsland on women who kill (and part 2). Alice Robb on why you should be wary of studies that claim men and women's brains are wired differently. From New Left Project, Hannah Davies on patriarchy and propaganda; Sam de Boise on patriarchy and the “crisis of masculinity”; and making masculinities: Kevin Guyan on domestic space and the production of patriarchy. Women writers are far outnumbered by men in magazines and book reviews, but why? Miriam Markowitz says part of the answer lies in book publishing. Mychal Denzel Smith on the normalization of violence against black women. Die like a man: Laura Hudson on the toxic masculinity of Breaking Bad. Eli Zaretsky on rethinking the split between feminists and the Left. Feminism is not for everybody: Jacq Brasseur takes a look at “whitestream” feminism. Up close with small-town white rage, with bitter, scary men who feel left behind by economic and cultural change: An excerpt from Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era by Michael Kimmel. Alice Dreger on why gender dysphoria should no longer be considered a medical disorder. Sara Yager on how women change men — as daughters, sisters, wives, and co-workers. Carole Pateman on The Sexual Contract twenty-five years later: A response.

From the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a symposium on the First 100 Years of the Federal Reserve, including Ricardo Reis (Columbia): Central Bank Design; Gary Gorton and Andrew Metrick (Yale): The Federal Reserve and Panic Prevention: The Roles of Financial Regulation and Lender of Last Resort; Barry Eichengreen (UC-Berkeley): Does the Federal Reserve Care about the Rest of the World?; and Martin Feldstein interviews Paul Volcker. Brad DeLong on Janet Yellen as central banker. John Sides on how Democratic and Republican appointees to the Federal Reserve aren’t that different, after all. Can Yellen’s Fed sidestep lurking monsters? There is always a crisis lying in wait for central bankers. Stan Fischer is an incredible choice to be the Fed’s #2 — here’s why (and more). Limiting the Fed: The Fed has taken on too much, with the result that it creates moral hazard in the financial system. The central banker who changed his mind: John Aziz on why Narayana Kocherlakota's shift shouldn't come as a surprise. From Wonkblog, Neil Irwin on everything you need to know about the Volcker Rule; there are six big arguments against the Volcker Rule — here’s why they’re wrong (and more); everything you need to know about the Fed’s big meeting; and Neil Irwin on how history should judge Ben Bernanke. From Bloomberg, an editorial on the Bernanke Doctrine. Age shall not weary her: America’s central bank has become ever more powerful over the past century. Robert L. Hetzel reviews The Great Inflation: The Rebirth of Modern Central Banking. Can we get rid of inflation and recessions forever? Miles Kimball explains how a simple policy change could eliminate downturns and inflation forever.

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.

David Karol (Maryland): Depolarization? Party Coalitions and the Politics of Gun Control: 2000-2012. From Mother Jones, a special report on Newtown: One Year After. Lauren Kirchner on mapping the laws, lobbying, and life-altering consequences of guns. Guns in America after Newtown, by the numbers: There have been 26 school shootings since Sandy Hook, and more than 30,000 have died by way of gun violence. The resistance of sheriffs in Colorado to enforcing certain gun laws is raising questions about whether tougher rules passed since Newtown have a muted effect in parts of the nation where gun ownership is common. Robert Draper goes inside the power of the N.R.A.: It has been a year since the Newtown shootings, federal gun laws haven’t changed — here is why. Gun activists have a new craze and it’s more dangerous than you think: The new front line in the battle over gun rights is "open carry" — Matt Valentine on why it has psychologists deeply concerned. Print your weapon: Christopher Brauchli on the battle over invisible guns. Colin Woodward on how the battle lines of today's debates over gun control, stand-your-ground laws, and other violence-related issues were drawn centuries ago by America's early settlers. From GQ, how in the world did a family of squirrel-eating, Bible-thumping, catchphrase-spouting duck hunters become the biggest TV stars in America? Drew Magary toured the Louisiana backwater with Phil Robertson and the Duck Dynasty gang to find out. Drew Millard interviews Ted Nugent on freedom, America, and killing shit. Pro football isn't pro-gun enough for Guns & Ammo.

Fridrik Mar Baldursson (Reykjavik) and Richard Portes (LBS): Gambling for Resurrection in Iceland: The Rise and Fall of the Banks. Mahama Tawat (ECMI): The Birth of Sweden's Multicultural Policy: The Primacy of Olof Palme's Ideas. Gyorgy Simon Jr. (Corvinus): The Swedish Model in the Context of Modern Economic Growth. From Social Evolution Forum, Peter Turchin on getting to Norway, and on paradoxes of the Nordic model (and part 2). Nick Haekkerup on how the American Dream comes to life in Denmark. From, Steve Rushton on how Nordic Europe is guarding the commons; on how Iceland's ALDA movement seeks a roadmap toward systemic change; and on the wisdom of the Icelandic crowd-sourcers. One country saved its Jews — were they just better people? Michael Ignatieff on the surprising truth about Denmark in the Holocaust. Cockblocked by redistribution: Katie J.M. Baker on a pick-up artist in Denmark. Rosie Goldsmith on Iceland, where one in 10 people will publish a book (and more). It's official: Iceland is the best place in the world to be a woman. Is Scandinavia female friendly? Nima Sanandaji wonders. Steve Vickers on Vrango, an island with a rescue plan. Police in Iceland kill a man for the first time ever. A look at why violent crime is so rare in Iceland. Why does Sweden have so many billionaires? High taxes and a generous welfare state are no barrier to Nordic riches. Helen Vatsikopoulos on how TV shows like Borgen put Denmark on the map. Scandinavian style: Sophie Pinkham reviews My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard. John Emerson on sexual customs of the Icelanders. Sweden's refugee policy sets high standard, offering Syrian asylum seekers permanent residence and a chance to resettle. Ryan Jacobs on why so many Icelanders still believe in invisible elves. The newest portrait of the Danish royal family was unveiled to the public to a chorus of screams.

Ronald Mendoza de Jesus (Emory): Invention of the Death Penalty: Abolitionism at its Limits. Jacob Held (UCA): The Problem with the Problem of Pornography: Subordination, Sexualization, and Speech. Sex in the Senate: Todd S. Purdum on Bobby Baker's salacious secret history of Capitol Hill. James Delingpole writes in defence of cocaine: If you can handle your drink, why should your self-control desert you with other drugs? The introduction to Occultism in a Global Perspective by Henrik Bogdan and Gordan Djurdjevic. A lion of the Left wing celebrates six decades: Dissent magazine connects with younger readers (and more). The U.S. District Court decided that the NSA's collection of phone metadata is likely unconstitutional — what does that mean? Five ways Republicans screwed up in 2013, according to conservative Benjamin Brophy. The worst thing ever written: Adi Robertson on the terrible, wonderful weirdness of fake fanfiction. Noam Scheiber on the question at the heart of the Democratic schism: No one quite knows how to define "populism" — which is good news for vested interests who want to attack reform. The weird science of in-laws: Leon Neyfakh on what experts know about the family relationship with no rules. What happened to the study of American history? Emily Bloch interviews David McCullough. Left hook: David Weigel on how a few liberal activists got the mainstream media to cover a “war” they made up (and more).

The economic populists have it right: Paul Krugman on why inequality matters. John Sides on how the filibuster has helped create income inequality: Anti-majoritarian rules and gridlock complicate Obama's fight against economic inequality. There are really no arguments left that are actively on the side of high inequality aside from simpleminded libertarian fantasies that economic capitalism is neutral by definition, and therefore everyone automatically gets what they deserve. Matthew Yglesias on ten theses on growth, employment, and inequality, and on capital inequality — it's bigger and a bigger deal than labor inequality. Just two sentences make Americans as pro-welfare as Danes: A social science experiment suggests that attitudes about welfare depend on stereotypes but can be changed by even a small amount of information. Here’s how the safety net has — and hasn’t — reduced poverty in the U.S. Of course the safety net redistributes income — that’s why it works. Should we raise the minimum wage? Jordan Weissmann on 11 questions and answers. Is service work today worse than being a household servant? David Cay Johnston investigates. Kathleen Geier on what social science says about the impact of unemployment on well-being: it’s even worse than you thought. There is neither coast nor interior, nor border, nor breed, nor birth: Brad DeLong on Victor Davis Hanson, who sits in a plutocrat-funded coastal institution that for 54 years has been waging an intellectual war — with considerable success — to make America more unequal, with a smaller and less effective government.