Read Stuff, You Should: Buying Access

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 Liza Minnelli, 68. "Everybody thinks they're Frank Sinatra."

Blogging may be a little irregular this week because I'm on the road, but I still make time for the good stuff:

1. John Sides talks to the authors of a new study finding that campaign donations buy access to Congress.

2. But Jennifer Victor argue for caution because the relationship between money and access has been extremely difficult to nail down.

3. More about Richard Richard Nixon versus Barack Obama (for liberals), from Scott Lemieux.

4. Kim Yi Dionne, new to the Monkey Cage, with five things to know about Africa.

5. And Alyssa Rosenberg on "Cosmos" and the science/religion quesion.

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(Jonathan Bernstein covers U.S. politics for Bloomberg View. He is co-editor of "The Making of the Presidential Candidates 2012." Follow him on Twitter at @JBPlainblog.)

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