From The Atlantic, why the Ivy League needs to admit more students: Harvard’s and Yale’s intense selectivity is one reason why their affirmative-action policies have come under attack — but these colleges could also easily choose to take in more students; and Berea College, in Kentucky, has paid for every enrollee’s education using its endowment for 126 years — can other schools replicate the model? Priyasha Mukhopadhyay reviews The Textbook and the Lecture: Education in the Age of New Media by Norm Friesen. Sean Illing interviews Joshua Hunt, author of University of Nike: How Corporate Cash Bought American Higher Education. Noah Feldman on diversity in theory, in the university, and in the courts. As humanities majors decline, colleges try to hype up their programs.


Paul T. Babie (Adelaide): The Future of Private Property. House Dems settle on big anti-corruption push. Global growth cools, leaving scars of ’08 unhealed. The new lawsuit challenging Georgia’s entire elections system, explained. The agenda for Mexico’s new leftist president is ambitious — but is it doable? The migrant crisis means no honeymoon for Mexico’s new president. Why the Ebola outbreak in DRC has spun out of control. Franklin Foer on George H.W. Bush: The last WASP president. Wall Street is betting that lawmakers want to humiliate Big Tech — but not regulate it. Physiognomy is a discarded 19th-century pseudoscience — why can’t we stop practicing it?

US and China reach a compromise — but the trade standoff is far from over. The United States should choose conciliation with China, not confrontation. China’s Great Leap Backward: For decades, the country managed to avoid most problems suffered by dictatorships — now Xi Jinping’s personal power play risks undermining everything that made China exceptional.


The Senate represents states, not people — that’s the problem. The Senate is bad and always has been bad (and more). The case for abolishing the Senate: The upper chamber has become far more undemocratic than the Constitution’s framers could ever have imagined — what would American government look like without it? The House of Representatives is not representative: Why the midterm results should concern you regardless of which party you support. Good government groups urge “systematic reform” of House rules. To fix Congress, make it bigger — much bigger.

From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Federalism-Based Limitations on Congressional Power: An Overview. How Congress stopped working: Today’s legislative branch, far from the model envisioned by the founders, is dominated by party leaders and functions as a junior partner to the executive.

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