Why Holy Thursday matters to Christians. Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry explains.

The role of drink in Russian history. Helen Rittelmeyer reviews Mark Lawrence Schrad’s Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State.

Obstacles for Rand Paul. Michael Brendan Dougherty identifies a hostile donor class as the major problem for his likely candidacy.

Excessive use of force in Albuquerque. Radley Balko reviews the findings of the Department of Justice report on APD abuses.

Ukraine is in no condition to fight. Simon Shuster reports on the poor state of Ukraine’s military.

Why realists often oppose foreign wars. Stephen Walt explains most realists’ reluctance to get involved in foreign conflicts.

The U.S. isn’t retreating. Michael Cohen refutes the dishonest charge of “retreat.”

Liechtenstein shrinks. The tiny principality is slightly smaller following an adjustment of its official map.