Andrew's Sunday column explored Obama's brand of pragmatism and long-term strategy. Sully also parsed a new survey of the Republican base, recommended Rory Stewart's latest on Afghanistan, and addressed a reader's take on the "immutability" of religion and homosexuality - a thread continued by another reader.

In other commentary, Lawrence Lessig tweaked the utility of total transparency, Caleb Crain saw a paradox in marriage, Scott Adams mused over the shamelessness of pundits, Patrick Range McDonald cornered Hollywood over its hypocrisy on homosexuals, and Larison read the 2012 primary. We also ran videos from TED here and here, and this commentary on cults was pretty fascinating.

In Palin news, she appears to be busy spending her hard-earned money.

-- C.B.

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