Expanding the caliphate: Seth G. Jones on ISIS’ South Asia strategy. Juan Cole on how the United States helped create the Islamic State: The Bush administration's mistakes after the invasion of Iraq helped the militant group rise. Elliot Ackerman on the rise of ISIS and the logic of fanaticism. Max Fisher on 9 questions about ISIS you were too embarrassed to ask. Erika Solomon and Ahmed Mhidi on Isis and the munitions trail. Inside the hunt for ISIS in Iraq: Hawre Khalid, a Kirkuk-based photographer, goes inside police raids as Iraqi authorities search for ISIS suspects in their city. Why do Islamist groups in particular seem so much more sadistic, even evil? A poll finds Muslims hate ISIL/Daesh. What form of “Islam” do these terrorists follow? The ISIS recruitment drive in Paris was a big success — meet the new Daesh-bags. While I find ISIS despicable in every other way, I strongly identify with its love of pickup trucks.

Cyril Holm (Uppsala): F. A. Hayek’s Critique of Legislation (Dissertation). Private memo lays out how the GOP would deal with Trump as its nominee. Samantha Allen on how there was a huge increase in threats against abortion providers after videos falsely accused doctors of selling “baby parts”, the same phrase used by Robert Dear. Why do we humanize white guys who kill people? Ian Millhiser on the little-noticed conservative plan to permanently lock Democrats out of policymaking. Amber A’Lee Frost on how the net effect of this summer’s cuckservative panic was to lure liberals once more into their pet allegiance to etiquette and away from the more risky and demanding conduct of politics. People are inexplicably upset about Mark Zuckerberg's decision to give away 99% of his fortune (and more and more).

Benjamin G. Edelman (Harvard) and Damien Geradin (George Mason): Efficiencies and Regulatory Shortcuts: How Should We Regulate Companies like Airbnb and Uber? Benjamin G. Edelman (Harvard): Whither Uber? Competitive Dynamics in Transportation Networks. Benjamin Means and Joseph Seiner (South Carolina): Navigating the Uber Economy. In new push, Uber tries to position itself as the cure for America’s economic ills. Is Uber’s ultimate goal the privatisation of city governance? Brian O’Keefe and Marty Jones on how Uber plays the tax shell game. How companies like Uber work around regulations, avoid paying taxes, and shaft their workers: Matt Connolly reviews Raw Deal: How the “Uber Economy” and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers by Steven Hill. Is Uber disruptive? Joshua Gans investigates. The rating game: Josh Dzieza on how Uber and its peers turned us into horrible bosses.

Uber is not the future of work: Gig-enabling apps are a distraction from the uncertainties that affect far more people — will workers get paid enough and are their jobs safe? The Uber Counterculture: John Herrman on chatter and dissent in the trenches of the sharing economy.

Jenny E. Carroll (Alabama): Brain Science and the Theory of Juvenile Mens Rea. An interview with Clinton campaign chair John Podesta on the environmental case for a Clinton presidency. Joan Walsh on how the phony Planned Parenthood videos degraded the abortion debate. Think campus p.c. is out of control? Look at the military — it turns out that even the millennials who fight wars don’t want to hear bigoted jokes. From the Arab American Institute, James Zogby on how we have gone temporarily mad, again (and part 2). Sean Illing interviews Sam Harris on Islam, ISIS, atheism, GOP madness: “We are confronting people, in dozens of countries, who despise more or less everything that we value”. Matthew Yglesias on Hillary Clinton's infrastructure plan, explained. Michael Brendan Dougherty on the GOP’s insane, inaccurate, bizarro history of Obama’s Syria failure.

From Wonkblog, from 2004 to 2014, over 2,000 terror suspects legally purchased guns in the United States. “NRA’s Sick Jihad”: The New York Daily News has called out the NRA and its “gun-loving Republican cohorts” for opposing legislation that aims to stop suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms. “Another Paris is taking place in America this very day”: Republicans don’t care about dozens killed daily by guns. Heather Parton on how Erick Erickson’s absurd “Star Wars” freakout is exactly why Right-wing gun arguments make no sense. Carrying a gun — a little extreme, don’t you think? Most Americans are wrong about whether concealed carry makes us safer. Josh Israel on how the gun industry has systematically demolished regulators and avoided the fate of cigarettes. Virginia Tech survivor Colin Goddard puts a face on the gun-violence prevention movement. After so many deaths and so much pain, should we aspire to become a gun-free society?

The San Bernardino shooting continues a disturbing trend: No week since 2013 without a mass shooting.