Week of December 16, 2013

Roundup Top 10!





#1 The History and Lessons of Congressional Crises

What does the past suggest about how Congress responds to breaks in its norms?

NEW YORK TIMES


#2 Five Myths About the Future of Obamacare
by Eric M. Patashnik and Julian E. Zelizer

There are a lot of myths and half-truths about "policy entrenchment."

WASHINGTON POST


#3 The Great War’s Ominous Echoes
by Margaret MacMillan

Could it happen again?

NEW YORK TIMES


#4 Pope Francis and the End of the Religious Right?
by Steven Conn

The pope is saying it is time for a new kind of political conversation.

HUFFINGTON POST


#5 Jesus, Santa, and Now "Sound of Music's" Mother Abbess?
by Shannen Dee Williams

The controversy over NBC's live remake of "The Sound of Music," starring black actress Audra McDonald as the Mother Abbess.

RELIGION DISPATCHES


#6 The More Things Change...
by Jim Sleeper

A blast from the past, as a New York Times letter to the editor from 1970 on surveillance resonates remarkably well today.

HISTORY NEWS NETWORK


#7 Who Ain't a Slave?
by Greg Grandin

Historical fact and the fiction of 'Benito Cereno.'

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION


#8 Spinning Desert Storm: TV Coverage of a Pentagon Production
by William J. Astore

The view from 1991.

CONTRARY PERSPECTIVE


#9 Saving Reagan's Legacy
by Scot Faulkner and Jonathan Riehl

On the misuse of Reagan nostalgia.

THE HILL


#10 On the 76th Anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre
by Stephen D. Smith

Sirens sound around this Chinese city as the last few eyewitnesses of a massacre gather.

HUFFINGTON POST



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