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6 February 2016

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Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic) and James Poulos (Forbes, Free Radicals, The Daily Beast)

Conor and James kick things off by musing on what the most radical social experiment in American history might be (hint: it’s not same-sex marriage). James argues that Europe is suffering from a crisis of political leadership and legitimacy, and that countries like Greece have been subsidizing their nationalism. Are idiosyncratic customs like the Spanish siesta doomed? James explains that being a parent is very different than he expected. Will we ever arrive at a science of raising children? Conor argues, contra Tom Friedman, that advertising makes America a more egalitarian country than it would otherwise be. And James explains how to go about being a rock star.

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Woodruff & Strauss

Big checks from big banks

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss critique Hillary Clinton’s recent statements about paid speeches she gave to Goldman Sachs.

The DMZ

Pining for another President Bush?

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Alexis Levinson says it’s too early to write off Jeb.

MeaningofLife.tv

Finding meaning inside the Beltway

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Heather Hurlburt on the hidden spiritual lives of public servants. Plus: the importance of being hokey.

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MeaningofLife.tv

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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MeaningofLife.tv

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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Foreign Entanglements

Why you shouldn’t be afraid of ISIS

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

The DMZ

Why reporters shouldn’t be nice

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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.”

Woodruff & Strauss

Does Jeb still have a shot?

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

Drezburt

MIA: The Trump and Sanders foreign policy teams

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

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?