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5 February 2016

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Finding meaning inside the Beltway

Heather Hurlburt on the hidden spiritual lives of public servants. Plus: the importance of being hokey.
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Why you shouldn’t be afraid of ISIS

Michael Cohen says GOP fear mongering has reached new heights in the foreign policy arena. Plus: Why Iowa doesn’t matter.

Why reporters shouldn’t be nice

Bill Scher and Alexis Levinson say hard-hitting questions from debate moderators are totally fair. Plus: Why Trump’s debate boycott was a “great call.”

Does Jeb still have a shot?

Daniel Strauss says Jeb Bush may still have a path to the nomination. Plus: Who will take down Trump?

MIA: The Trump and Sanders foreign policy teams

Daniel Drezner says there seems to be a groundswell of support for candidates who reject expertise. Plus: Would you work for Trump?

Is natural selection just a corollary?

Physicist Jeremy England argues that Darwinism is a “special case” of more general physical laws. Plus: Does physics leave room for free will?

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Where free-market economics gets it way wrong

Bob Frank discusses the discrepancies between laissez-faire economic theory and what he considers common-sense realities. Plus: The foundational flaw of standard economics.

The rebirth of the Iraqi Air Force

Robert Farley and Brian Laslie discuss America’s progress in rebuilding the Iraqi Air Force it had previously destroyed. Plus: Where were you when Desert Storm started?

What does being conservative even mean anymore?

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the fractured identity of the modern-day conservative movement. Plus: How Palin has regressed.

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A defense of hypocrisy

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Mathematicians Glen Whitney and John Allen Paulos consider why we should expect people to be inconsistent. Plus: Are we ruled by coincidence?

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Just toughen up?

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Philosophers Massimo Pigliucci and Daniel Fincke consider the difference between being stoic and being a Stoic. Plus: Advice on dealing with loss.

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Is Trump winning in the post-ideological game?

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Katherine Mangu-Ward and Mark Schmitt try to explain the Trump phenomenon. Plus: What are the chances for criminal justice reform?

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The case for boredom

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Robert Wright and Maria Popova discuss the benefits of “fruitful monotony.” Plus: Do social networks undermine the spirit of friendship?

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Do religions have to give up their claims for supremacy?

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Roger Haight and Paul Knitter, authors of Jesus & Buddha: Friends in Conversation, argue that religious pluralism is essential for peace on earth. Plus: Ultimate reality as common denominator.

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Did Hillary Clinton sell out feminism?

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Glenn Loury and Ann Althouse debate whether we should hold Hillary accountable for her actions during her husband’s sex scandals. Plus: Do Democrats really believe black lives matter?