Miscellaneous and Fast
The New Republic: The craziest expenditures of dictators.
Poem: "The Congressmen Came Out to See Bull Run."
The New York Times: Conservatives and grad school.
Richard J. Evans reviews the new book on William L. Shirer.
Althouse: Britons complaining of "Americanisms" in the language.
Ed Ring on the California public-pension bubble.