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THE SOURCE: “Congressional Abdication” by Jim Webb, in The National Interest, March/April 2013.
BEHOLD THE CONSTITUTIONAL POWERS OF the legislative branch in the realm of foreign affairs: to declare war, to raise an army and maintain a navy, to ratify treaties.
The Founding Fathers weren’t as generous with the president: He is commander in chief, but in deciding matters of war and peace, lawmakers are to keep the chief executive on a short leash, lest he resemble a monarch.
Online review culture is dotted with black holes of bad taste.
BY TOM VANDERBILT
IN THE DAYS BEFORE THE INTERNET, eating at an unknown restaurant meant relying on a clutch of quick and dirty heuristics. The presence of many truck drivers or cops at a lonely diner supposedly vouchsafed its quality (though it may simply have been the only option around). For “ethnic” food, there was the classic benchmark: “We were the only non-[insert ethnicity] people in there.” Or you could spend anxious minutes on the sidewalk, under the watchful gaze of the host, reading curling, yellowed reviews, wondering if what held in 1987 was still true today.
The mass warehousing of convicts is a sign of America’s faltering belief in second chances. Considering how individuals atone for their crimes can help us restore rehabilitation as an ideal.
BY SHADD MARUNA AND CHARLES BARBER
THIRTEEN YEARS AGO, DAVID DEUTSCH was arrested in Salinas, California, while making his regular drug trafficking run from Los Angeles to San Francisco. When his car was pulled over, he was under the influence of marijuana; police found large amounts of cocaine and marijuana in the vehicle, as well as $715,000 in cash.
The stimulus paves the way: The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act generously funded road repairs in Moran, Wyoming, near Grand Teton National Park, and other sparsely populated areas. Parts of the country where the recession did greater damage saw fewer federal dollars per person.
THE SOURCE: “Geographic Distribution of the Federal Stimulus of 2009” by James G. Gimpel, Frances E. Lee, and Rebecca U. Thorpe, in Political Science Quarterly, Winter 2012–13. DURING THE BLEAKEST DAYS OF THE RECESSION, in February 2009, President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) into law.
Deep underground in Omaha, Nebraska, the Strategic Air Command’s command center was built to survive a nuclear blast. But the more U.S. strategists planned for nuclear war, the more they realized it was unthinkable.
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THE SOURCE: “‘General, I Have Fought Just as Many Nuclear Wars as You Have’” by Matthew Connelly, Matt Fay, Giulia Ferrini, Micki Kaufman, Will Leonard, Harrison Monsky, Ryan Musto, Taunton Paine, Nicholas Standish, and Lydia Walker, in American Historical Review, Dec. 2012.