Read Stuff, You Should: The Fed and the Public

Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg View columnist. He taught political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and DePauw University and wrote A Plain Blog About Politics.
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Happy Birthday to Enver Gjokaj, 34.

Plenty of good stuff today:

1. Jennifer Hochschild on Robert Dahl.

2. Jeffrey Isaac on Dahl and the left.

3. Sarah Binder on the Fed and public opinion.

4. Brendan Nyhan on the new media initiatives from Ezra Klein, Nate Silver, and others. He wonders: who will figure out how to make state and local news work in this environment? I can't see it happening, but I sure hope it does.

5. Pretty much everything Sean Trende says here about demographics, 2016, and the future sounds right to me.

6. Yes, Matt Yglesias is correct that the debt limit should just be abolished. Will it be? Its one useful function is to allow members of Congress to grandstand by voting against it. Unfortunately, that also means that it's not going to be eliminated soon. Democrats should have done it in 2009, and they missed their chance. (No, the debt limit doesn't actually have any effect at all on federal budget deficits, so getting rid of it wouldn't change anything).

7. Jamelle Bouie on felon disenfranchisement.

8. And Jaime Fuller on Shirley Temple Black's political career.

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