Volume 2.26 (June 24-30)

Pick of the WeekJoanna Brooks’ wrap-up of her series on LDS women and priesthood ordination with some devastating conclusions regarding Mormonism’s “arrested restoration.”

It is not just that the theology of gender in Mormonism is too dynamic and popular to be pinned down. It is that Mormon theology on gender is incoherent.  By this, I mean that it is internally inconsistent, at odds with itself, and that the way we currently explain gender and authority to ourselves is without foundation in revelation or scripture.


This map is your guide to where this next 10 years’ voting rights violations will be occurring.

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Make Gun Companies Pay Blood Money (Lucinda M. Finley and John G. Culhane, NYT)

Let Shooting Victims Sue (Robert Morgenthau, NYT)


In Defense of Dessert: The Case Against Austerity (Chris Lehmann, In These Times)

Connecting the Dots, Missing the Story (Evgeny Morozov, Slate)

In Shareholder Say-on-Pay Votes, More Whispers than Shouts (Jesse Eisinger, NYT)

The Middle-Class Revolution (Francis Fukuyama, WSJ)

How Austerity has Failed (Martin Wolf, NYRB)

Fake It Till You Make It (Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman, Foreign Affairs)


Does a well-off black student deserve affirmative action? (Negassi Tesfamichael, WaPo)

IRS Scandal Ends with a Whimper (Paul Waldman, The American Prospect)

Start the border fence in Norfolk, Va. (Harold Meyerson, WaPo)

The Class-Based Future of Affirmative Action (Richard Kahlenberg, The American Prospect)

Christian Employers Claim Their Religion Puts Them Above the Law (Paul Waldman, The American Prospect)

Here’s How Congress Could Fix the Voting Rights Act (Dylan Mathews, Wonkblog)

Should grandma still get her checks in the mail? The paper lobby thinks so. (Lydia DePillis, Wonkblog)

Is Meritocracy Moral? (Andrew Sullivan, The Dish)


Let Them Eat Soccer (Elio Gaspari, NYT)

The Supreme Court

The Long Road to Marriage Equality (George Chauncey, NYT)

The End of DOMA and the Dismantling of the Straight State (Sarah Barringer Gordon, Religion & Politics)

As a Long-Term Political Issue, Gay Marriage will be more like Abortion than Integration (Nate Cohn, New Republic)

The Supreme Court’s War on the Great Society (Scott Lemiuex, The American Prospect)

Gay Marriage: A Careful Step Forward (David Cole, NYRB)

The Real John Roberts Emerges (Linda Greenhouse, NYT)


LDS v. USA: Mormonism in the Age of Same-Sex Marriage (Taylor Petrey, Peculiar People)

Mormons and Gay Marriage (Lisa Butterworth, Feminist Mormon Housewives)


In America, Abortions Are Much Safer Than Childbirth (Matthew Yglesias, Slate)

Don’t be afraid of fast zombies (Ezra Klein, Wonkblog)

Breaking the Seal on Drug Research (Katie Thomas, NYT)

Fear of a Black Hat (Farhad Manjoo, Slate)


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