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31 July 2015

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The demonization instinct

Robert Wright and Paul Bloom discuss the human tendency to view political foes as irredeemably evil.
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Debating the federal loan guarantee system

Paul Glastris, Ed Kilgore, and Mike Grunwald consider the Export-Import Bank and other ways the government lends money. Plus: Race and transit.

Yoga’s weird sort of non-attachment

Michele Goldberg, author of the new book The Goddess Pose, discusses the teachings of Indra Devi, who helped bring yoga to the West. Plus: Is yoga more than just exercise?

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Is John Kasich the new Jon Huntsman?

Daniel Strauss and Dylan Scott analyze the conventional wisdom on the Ohio governor’s chances. Plus: Will the Clinton email scandal stick?

Is the Royal Air Force still beyond reproach?

Robert Farley and Tony Cumming discuss the persistent national mythology about the Battle of Britain. Plus: How Britain won the Battle Of Britain.

Racial “pabulum” at the New York Times

Glenn Loury inveighs against recent op-eds on race by Charles Blow and David Brooks. Plus:Ta-Nehisi Coates is no James Baldwin.”

Why only Limbaugh can take down Trump

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss how to expel Trump from the GOP race. Plus: Is the Democratic coalition starting to crack up?

Donald Trump is not a joke

Paul Glastris talks to Matt Cooper about Trump’s unusual ideological appeal. Plus: Why the GOP should fear Trump going independent.

How tough is the new Iranian inspection regime?

Robert Wright and David Frum debate a central plank of the nuclear deal. Plus: Could Obama have gotten a better Iran deal?

The DMZ

How Rand Paul lost the courage of his convictions

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider Paul’s sputtering presidential prospects. Plus: Why Donald Trump is no Herman Cain.

Tapping into evangelical anger

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Sarah Posner and Anthea Butler discuss Donald Trump’s surprising appeal to the religious right. Plus: Donald Trump and the end(?) of the religious right.

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When theologians appeared on the cover of Time

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Robert Wright and Gary Dorrien discuss the dramatic career of the influential mid-century theologian Paul Tillich. Plus: God as “the ground of being.”

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Meditation as medication

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Psychologist Miguel Farias, author of The Buddha Pill, argues that using meditation for therapy is misguided. Plus: The dark night of the soul.

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Synergy between science and religion?

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David Sloan Wilson describes how evolutionary theory can inform a “meaning system” that accommodates moral values as well as science. Plus: What’s the use of religion?

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