January/ February 2015
Table of Contents

Tilting at Windmills

A nation of Maytag repairmen ... Is that a shrimp in your pocket? ... Obama’s eighteen-and-a-half-month gap By Jonathan Alter

Ten Miles Square
Three Simple Fixes That Could Save Pro Football

Reimagining the game for the twenty-first century. By Jeff Nussbaum

College Football Coaches, the Ultimate 1 Percent

More than a century ago, the very idea of paying coaches was up for debate. The arguments against it looked very similar to the arguments today against paying players. By Matt Connolly

Talk of the Toons

By the Editors

Ten Secret Truths About Government Incompetence

What we can learn from the management mistakes of Obama and Bush. by Donald F. Kettl

Let Us Now Praise Corporate Persons

Citizens United was a bad decision; but the cry of “Corporations are not people!” isn’t helping fix the problem—in fact, it’s making it worse. by Kent Greenfield

Why I Quit the Congressional Research Service

How Congress’s dysfunction has degraded its own in-house think tank. by Kevin R. Kosar

In the Jaws of Climate Change

The Arctic ice cap is melting, cutting the polar bears’ food supply and forcing them into areas where people live and camp. And to a hungry polar bear, a human being is just meat. by Sabrina Shankman

On Political Books
The Rise and Fall of the U.S. Government

While other conservatives say that the American state has become too powerful, Francis Fukuyama argues that it has grown too weak. by John J. DiIulio Jr.

SCOTUS Heads Toward the Cliff

Conservatives have made the Supreme Court radical. But not radical enough for libertarians. by Michael O’Donnell

Flipping Their Wigs

Jurists have narrowed the definition of what constitutes political corruption. by Daniel Bush

A Thief, a Dirty Politician, and a Suicide Bomber Walk Into a Bar

Yes, terrorists conspire with criminal networks and corrupt officials. But that doesn’t mean cracking down on crime and corruption will stop terrorism. by Paul R. Pillar

Is a Grand Strategy for America Even Possible?

Three of our finest flag officers attempt to offer unifying visions for the United States, but run aground on the same political polarization that flummoxes everything else. by Heather Hurlburt

Meat Puppets

How Washington bought into the anti-saturated-fat agenda. by Kukula Glastris