Scott Morgenstern and John Polga-Hecimovich (Pittsburgh) and Sarah Shair-Rosenfield (ASU): Tall, Grande, or Venti: Presidential Powers in the United States and Latin America. Emilio Pantojas Garcia (Puerto Rico): The Puerto Rico Status Question: Can the Stalemate be Broken? (and more on "The Last Colony") From Dissent, what does it mean to lose your citizenship? Linda K. Kerber on being stateless in the Americas. At the UN, a Latin American rebellion: Latin American leaders are reclaiming a right to differentiate their views from Washington's — and refusing to render it diplomatic tribute. Patrick Redford on how Americans cheat the Argentinean economy. Tomas Nonnenmacher reviews Economic Development in the Americas since 1500: Endowments and Institutions by Stanley L. Engerman and Kenneth L. Sokoloff. Luisa Parraguez, Francisco Garcia Gonzalez, Joskua Tadeo on Latin America — anti-US in words, not deeds: Despite spying allegations, the United States is locked into partnership with its southern neighbors. Is the U.S. the last country still fighting the drug war? Uruguay's new pot law is another big blow to Washington's drug policy. Border Patrol International: Stop thinking of our borders as just those strips of land running between the U.S. and Mexico and the U.S. and Canada. Sarah Lipkis on the United States of Canada. Diane Francis on why Canada and the U.S. should merge: It's past time for the two countries to eliminate their border. Adam Gopnik reviews Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country by Diane Francis.

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Zaragoza) and Ludmila Tataru (Saratov State): The Evolution of Narratology. The latest issue of Google’s Think Quarterly is devoted to the idea of openness, and what it means to the internet, to consumers, to marketers and to your business. How should you investigate a death? Sarah Childress finds out. When bacteria can no longer be stopped: How we can avoid a future in which antibiotics are no longer useful? Jonathan Cohn on five rules for talking about Obamacare in 2014. Are the U.S. media as transparent as the U.S. government? Monica Miller on how secular patriots want to be honest when they recite the Pledge of Allegiance (and more). From Conversations with History, an interview with Richard Rosecrance on the resurgence of the West. Are men better wired to read maps or is it a tired cliche? Tom Stafford finds out. Neil H. Buchanan on how the next debt ceiling crisis can be prevented if Democrats learn from filibuster reform. Ballet, what is the pointe? Josephine Urquhart looks at the ways in which sociality can be seen as an intrinsic part of ballet. Hana's Story: Kathryn Joyce on an Ethiopian adoptee's tragic fate, and how it could happen again. Ian Reifowitz on a Democratic Contract with America: How to retake the House and combat economic inequality. Among Cuban exiles, the old toast “Next year in Cuba” goes silent. David Allen on a world made safe for capitalism: Is Perry Anderson’s revisionist history of the Cold War credible?

Hannah Jacobs Wiseman (FSU): Regulatory Islands. Julien Daubanes (ETH Zurich) and Jean-Charles Rochet (Zurich): Activists versus Captured Regulators. David Freeman Engstrom (Stanford): Corralling Capture. Cass R. Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): The Law of “Not Now”: When Agencies Defer Decisions. Cass R. Sunstein (Harvard): The Regulatory Lookback. Brian Christopher Jones (IIAS): Don't Be Silly: Lawmakers “Rarely” Read Legislation and Oftentimes Don't Understand it, But That's Okay. Advocates against gobbledygook are trying to shame federal agencies into keeping it simple. Far-sighted policymaking is hard — Alan Jacobs and Scott Matthews on how to make it easier. Want honest public servants? Pay them better. Tim Murphy on the fastest-growing Washington industry you've never heard of: Wall Street firms can make fortunes with the right bits of Washington insider information — enter the booming political-intelligence business. The introduction to Lobbying America: The Politics of Business from Nixon to NAFTA by Benjamin C. Waterhouse. 2013 was a bad year for Wall St. lobbyists: Everyone assumed the banks would prevail — they didn't. The corporate “free speech” racket: Haley Sweetland Edwards on how corporations are using the First Amendment to destroy government regulation. Funding Fathers: Chris Lehmann on campaign finance and the shutdown debacle. “Why do you hate democracy so much?”: Jim Newell on how “institute” may just be America’s greatest word — you might say it grants legitimacy to charlatans.