2 It's Not Just About Race, It's About Power

Rethinking policing after the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Matt Welch

4 Contributors

5 Letters and Reaction

Let's play God!; the new face of television…

6 Citings Taxpayers no longer; United States of emergency; zero tolerance strikes again; public union privileges; too much public health; Airbnb vs. NYC; cheapskate Socialists…

54 Reason TV: California's 'Cruel and Unusual' Prisons

Despite court orders and ballot initiatives, Golden State prisons remain criminally overcrowded. Zach Weissmueller


12 District of Cannabis How will Congress respond to marijuana legalization in the nation's capital? Jacob Sullum

14 The Congress That Cried Wolf It's time for lawmakers to stop abusing the emergency-spending loophole. Veronique de Rugy

16 Kill Pixels, Not People

Exploding the fake scientific consensus on violent video games. Ronald Bailey

70 Big Sugar Leaves a Bitter Aftertaste

It's time to end the sugar industry's corrupt sweetheart deals. Greg Beato


18 Ted Cruz: Loose Cannon or Libertarian Reformer?

The Texas senator might be just crazy enough to win the GOP presidential nomination. Glenn Garvin

26 10 Things the New GOP Congress Should-and Can!-Do

The reason policy agenda for 2015-2016

30 Let (a Lot More of) Them In

Comprehensive immigration reform isn't coming anytime soon. Here's what to do in the meantime. Shikha Dalmia

38 Who's Going to Pay for New Highways?

Our Interstates are wearing out. Here's what we need to do to fix them. Robert W. Poole Jr.

46 Glenn Greenwald: The Outsider

The anti-establishment journalist who midwifed the Edward Snowden revelations talks about surveillance, reporting, and new fault lines in American politics. Interview by Todd Krainin

Culture & Reviews

56 Inside Stalin's Head

A biography offers fresh insights on one of history's bloodiest dictators. Norman M. NaimarkStalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928, by Stephen Kotkin

Briefly Noted

58 Peter Suderman on William Gibson's The Peripheral

60 Zenon Evans on the documentary Flight Plan

62 Brian Doherty on Neil Young's Special Deluxe

64 Brian Doherty on the art exhibit Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman

61 Venerating Lincoln A history of Abraham Lincoln's critics would be improved if the author weren't so smitten with Lincoln himself. Jeffrey Rogers Hummel

Loathing Lincoln: An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present, by John McKee Barr

65 Are Demographics Destiny?

Self-interest, sex, snakes, and the making of our political preferences. Anthony Randazzo

The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind: How Self-Interest Shapes Our Opinions and Why We Won't Admit It, by Jason Weeden and Robert Kurzban

68 Gandhi vs. the Mafia

An anti-crime crusade conducted by neither cops nor vigilantes. Jesse Walker

72 Artifact: Ted Cruz, Superhero

A children's coloring book makes impressive claims about the prowess of an up-and-coming Texas senator. Katherine Mangu-Ward

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