Read Stuff, You Should: Fairy Tales and History

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 Raquel Welch, 74.

The good stuff:

1. "The fairy tales of our youth may feel good, but a real grappling with our history is what we need to move forward." That's Jamelle Bouie on the latest flap about teaching high school history.

2. Josh Putnam cleans up some myths and mistakes about the presidential nomination calendar.

3. Good update about what Congress will - and won't - do when they return, from Joshua Huder and Mark Harkins.

4. Seth Masket reports on one of the more fascinating papers presented at the recent political science meetings: Barry Burden's research showing the possibly crucial role of postwar housewives in the evolution of the political parties.

5. Matthew Dickinson looks at Senate election forecasting models.

6. And some dinner help from Megan McArdle.

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