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Articles from Vol. 44, No. 10, March

Are Republican and Democratic Brains Different? A New Study Concludes That Everyone Uses Reason to Persuade, Not to Find Truth
PEOPLE USE REASON to convince themselves, even in the face of evidence to the contrary, that their side is right and the other side is wrong. That's the conclusion of a new study by the Yale Cultural Cognition Project, an academic group that studies...
Beyond the Limits of the Constitution: A Leading Liberal Law Professor Abandons the Constitution in the Name of Understanding It
America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By, by Akhil Reed Amar, Basic Books, 640 pages, $29.99 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AMERICA'S ARGUMENT over the meaning of its Constitution started before the document was even...
Congress after Ron Paul: Meet the Men Seeking to Fill Dr. No's Shoes
FOR DECADES, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) served as the libertarian conscience of Congress. After 12 terms stretching across four decades and three runs for president, Paul chose to retire in January. Now a handful of Republican congressmen are stepping...
Dead Letters
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) did not fare well in 2012. Costs, losses, and debts rose as the volume of mail continued a decline that began in the middle of the last decade. Now the USPS is warning that without help from Congress, it will run out...
Ding Dongs Ditched: Hostess Bakery Bankruptcy
HOSTESS, the Texas-based manufacturer of snack cakes, went out of business in late November after filing for Chapter II bankruptcy protection twice within the last decade. When attempts to end a strike by bakery workers failed, Hostess received permission...
Email Armor: Electronic Privacy Reform
IN 1986 The American Banker defined E-mail as "a trademark of CompuServe," Computerworld noted that sending a single message required a 10-minute phone call, and InfoWorm described "a pilot scheme that will allow users of one system to send messages...
'I Escaped a North Korean Prison Camp': An Interview about Life Inside the Hermit Kingdom's Gulag
SHIN DONG-HYUK was born inside Kaechon #14, one of the world's harshest labor camps. His parents were North Korean prisoners, allowed to be together a few times a year as a reward for hard work. Shin was so steeped in the values of the camp that when...
Imperial Ad Men: A New History Shows American Public Diplomacy Conflicted at the Core
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Empire of Ideas: The Origins of Public Diplomacy and the Transformation of U.S. Foreign Policy, by Justin Hart, Oxford University Press, 296 pages, $34.95 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE ART OF communicating with the people--public...
Moneyball in the Workplace: Employment Personality Tests Have Evolved from Phrenology to Facebook
FORGET THE PRESTIGIOUS college degree. Skip the unpaid internship at a respected company. Those things are headed the way of fancy resume paper. In the future, whether or not you land your dream gig will depend more on how often your retweets get retweeted,...
Predicting the Future Is Hard: Building Better Models, from Elections to Financial Markets
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-But Some Don't, by Nate Silver, Penguin Press, 544 pages, $27.95 The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable, by James Owen Weatherall, Houghton Mifflin, 304...
Smoking Pot and Tying the Knot: Familiarity Is Breeding Tolerance of Marijuana and Gay Marriage
NO MATTER how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the two gay marriage cases it will hear this spring, polling data suggest it is only a matter of time before legal recognition of same-sex unions is the norm throughout the country. Something similar is...
Soaking the Rich: Sorry, Warren Buffett, but Extracting Cash from the Wealthy Won't Solve Our Problems
IN JANUARY, as part of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, Congress increased marginal tax rates on higher-income earners to Clinton-era levels while preserving existing Bush-era rates for most taxpayers. By boosting rates for the rich, Congress is...
Spending Denialists and the Fiscal Illusion: The Late Economist James Buchanan Predicted Our Current Budgetary Impasse. Is There a Way Out?
SEVERAL WEEKS before the slow-motion "fiscal cliff" negotiation ended in a giveaway-rich, tax-hiking, 154-page spending bill that senators had all of six minutes to glance at before approving by an 89-8 vote in the wee hours of January 1, President...
This Dog Can Send You to Jail: How Cops and Their Canines Manufacture Probable Cause
ROBERT J. BURNS, a 55-year-old retired nurse who lives in St. Louis, was returning from a trip to the West Coast last October when his white Nissan pickup truck was pulled over on Interstate 40 near Amarillo. Burns was carrying a 12-foot aluminum fishing...
Twitter: Free Speech in 140 Characters: The Virtues of Pseudonymity in an Age of Full Disclosure
IT WAS A TYPICAL Thursday night on Twitter. Mid-December, 6 p.m. Pacific Time. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was rifling on why the GOP should endorse over-the-counter birth control. Jenna Haze, two-time winner of the FAME Dirtiest Girl in Porn award,...
'You Have to Have Some Hate'
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Greg Gutfeld is a host of the Fox News late-night political show Red Eye as well as the channel's daily news roundtable, The Five. He is also the author of The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage...