The Daily Wrap

Today on the Dish, Andrew pushed further in the debate over terror and America’s PTSD, rebuking arguments that deemphasize the Tsareav brothers’ jihadist motivations and taking on readers’ dissent. He also pointed to the fruits of Christian fundamentalism in the new, pro-confederate arguments of Douglas Wilson, ventured into strange and wondrous world described in Jennifer Rubin’s latest column, and noted the Dish’s latest honor. Later, Andrew revisited the hypothesis of gay overachievement in light of new evidence, sounded off on the difference paths toward coming out in the world of sports and noted Rhode Island and Nevada appear ready to legalize gay marriage quite soon.

In political coverage, we traced the origins of the West, Texas explosion, analyzed the markets’ reaction to the fake AP doomsday tweet, and kept a tab open on immigration reform, which Ramesh claimed still carries one huge defect. Ackerman took note of the insta-Truthers over the Boston bombings, Emily Bazelon summed up truth about the rule of law in the face of terrorism, we separated Islamophobia from genuine criticism, and got a whiff of a genuine lead as to who radicalized the older brother Tamerlan.

Elsewhere, we felt the burn of sequestration intensify and learned of the enormous size of America’s off-the-books economy as readers asked Steve Brill what surprised him reporting on our bloated healthcare industry. Nate Cohn envisioned gun control as a strong campaign issue for Democrats in 2016, Nathan Hegedus emphasized the physical staying power of firearms and we debated the correlation between crime and gun ownership. Finally, we sized up the new cyber-security bill CISPA that just made it out of the House, Ambers issued some rules of thumb for journos using police scanners and Chris Mooney explained why academia skews liberal.

In assorted coverage, Cornell researchers studied mosh pit mumurations, The Smiths embodied the best in angsty adolescent love as Rebecca Makkai scribbled books within books. Readers toughed out another challenging VFYW contest, we surveyed American laws allowing roadkill cuisine, the anxious and needy among us performed better in poker and Stanford and MIT made sure the first ever transaction online was a drug deal. Lastly, we spent a moment with some young Parisians celebrating the legalization of same sex marriage in France, caught a striking sunrise in Decatur, Indiana for today’s VFYW, and set off the mother of all mouse traps in the MHB.

–B.J.