Gary E. Hollibaugh Jr. (Georgia) and Gabriel Horton and David E. Lewis (Vanderbilt): Presidents and Patronage. Gary E. Hollibaugh Jr. (Georgia): Naive Cronyism and Neutral Competence: Patronage, Performance, and Policy Agreement in Executive Appointments. Jose D. Villalobos (UTEP), Justin S. Vaughn (Boise State) and David B. Cohen (Akron): Public Management in Political Institutions: Explaining Perceptions of White House Chief of Staff Influence. David A. Hyman (Illinois) and William E. Kovacic (George Washington): Why Who Does What Matters: Governmental Design, Agency Performance, the CFPB and PPACA. Gabriel Balayan (American): A Theory of Existence of the Fourth Control Branch of the Government: A Comparative Analysis. Kimberly N. Brown (Baltimore): “We the People”, Constitutional Accountability, and Outsourcing Government. Eric Biber (UC-Berkeley) and J. B. Ruhl (Vanderbilt): The Permit Power Revisited: The Theory and Practice of Regulatory Permits in the Administrative State. Anne Joseph O'Connell (UC-Berkeley): Bureaucracy at the Boundary. Arild Waeraas (UMB): Beauty from Within: What Bureaucracies Stand For. Sinkhole of bureaucracy: Deep underground, federal employees process paperwork by hand in a long-outdated, inefficient system. Consumers for Paper Options is trying to slow the federal government’s move away from paper to the Web. Are federal workers overpaid? Danny Vinik finds out. Matt Grossmann on why career politicians are just what we need; or, why policy wonks should vote for Paul Ryan or Joe Biden in 2016. The first chapter from Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better by Peter H. Schuck.

From the International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace, Andrea Gaynor and Greg Crebbin (Western Australia): What Can Engineers Learn from the Past? A Potential Role for History in Engineering Education; and Justin L Hess and Johannes Strobel (Purdue): Indigenous Ways of Doing: Synthesizing the Literature on Ethno-Engineering. SPLC report: Users of leading white supremacist web forum responsible for many deadly hate crimes, mass killings. Rightbloggers: Obamacare's good news is further proof it's doomed. Is the “T-word” the new “N-word”? Beyond the Laffer Curve: Matthew Yglesias on the case for confiscatory taxation. Can an economist’s theory apply to art? The wealth gap described in Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century is being felt in the art world too. Cuba, you owe us $7 billion: Leon Neyfakh goes behind the trade embargo lies a huge and nearly forgotten obstacle — the still-active property claims by American companies; inside the effort to settle a 50-year-old debt. Tax Trutherism sustains itself among elite political and business circles through constant repetition by fellow believers, creating a cocoon, much like the Alex Jones listening audience, where the preposterous becomes mundane. Why are politicians’ books so terrible? Hillary Clinton's memoir is coming out soon — Casey N. Cep on why you shouldn't bother reading it. Peter Lauria on why Royal Caribbean’s newest ship Quantum of the Seas represents a critical test for the cruise industry. The future of the workplace: Chris Lehmann reviews Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval (and more and more and more and more and more).

Daniel Hooley (Toronto) and Nathan Nobis (Morehouse): A Moral Argument for Veganism. Ian Werkheiser (Michigan State): Domination and Consumption: An Examination of Veganism, Anarchism, and Ecofeminism. Jonathan Anomaly (Duke): What's Wrong with Factory Farming? Michael Loadenthal (George Mason): Days of War, Knights of Tempeh: Anarchism, Animal Liberation and A History of Social War. William A. Edmundson (Georgia State): Do Animals Need Rights? Behind the scenes at Animal Planet: An investigation reveals how animals suffer on the network's top reality show. From Rolling Stone, animal cruelty is the price we pay for cheap meat: Paul Solotaroff goes inside the belly of the beast. U.S. pork producers move to reform factory farm abuses: Some of the most inhumane practices will be phased out under new guidelines. Moral animals? Dan Hooley reviews Can Animals Be Moral by Mark Rowlands. Brian Berkey reviews A Theory of Justice for Animals: Animal Rights in a Nonideal World by Robert Garner. James McWilliams on loving animals to death: How can we raise them humanely and then butcher them? Lab-grown meat could solve the environmental and ethical problems of industrial agriculture, but will anyone want to eat it? Tom Levitt reports. Do invertebrates feel pain? Boiled alive and torn limb from limb — it's time we took seriously the question of whether animals like squid, octopus and lobsters suffer. Do lobsters and other invertebrates feel pain? New research has some answers. Sea turtles, sharks and whales: Lindsay Abrams on the accidental casualties of our seafood industry. Banning traditional animal slaughter, Denmark stokes religious ire.