Read Stuff, You Should: Right-Wingers' Ruinous Market Tips

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 Nicholas Meyer, 69. I can’t think of a more unlikely terrific movie than "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan."

Alas, I won't get to wish a happy birthday to Rickey Henderson, so I’ll sneak that in here while wishing an excellent Christmas to those who will be celebrating it, and a Happy New Year to everyone.

Plus, of course, plenty of the good stuff:

1. Russell Wheeler at Brookings sets the bar: Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush each had about a fifth of their judicial confirmations during their last two years (in each case, with divided government). There’s plenty of precedent for Republicans to slow-walk judicial nominations in general, and to kill many of those they consider particularly odious -- but no precedent to shut down nominations altogether.

2. At the Monkey Cage, John Sides looks at Ohio’s redistricting reform.

3. Also at the Cage, Heidi Hardt looks at NATO’s rapid-reaction force.

4. Ezra Klein at Vox explains how Republican states are ripping themselves off, thanks to their aversion to Obamacare.

5. “Seriously just imagine if you took Glenn Beck’s advice in 2011 or so and dumped your stocks in favor of gold,” Dave Weigel of Bloomberg Politics tweets.

6. Matt O’Brien at Wonkblog looks back on the “worst op-ed in history.”

7. And more on the CBO and health-care reform, from Brian Beutler at The New Republic.

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