Read Stuff, You Should: Andrew Sullivan Retires

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 Handsome Dick Manitoba, 61.

Wow -- the great Andrew Sullivan is retiring from blogging. I’ll miss his voice and, more importantly, his central contribution to the cooperative, rigorous, fascinating culture of blogging. As I said on Twitter yesterday, without Sullivan, political scientists would still only be heard from when they were willing to supply the exact quote that a reporter wanted to support a story. Sullivan’s support for political science bloggers was early, and it was decisive. On a personal level, I owe him more thanks than I can ever express for his support, beginning very early in my blogging career.

I’ve agreed with some of Sullivan’s political stances and disagreed with others, and have been exasperated by his fixations more than once. But his focus on the evils of torture makes up for all of his mistakes over the years. He’s been a real hero on that issue, and a real patriot of his adopted nation. So I wish him all the best, and can’t wait to see what he writes in the future.

Of course, we move along, which means the good stuff:

1. Christopher Gandrud at the Monkey Cage on the consequences of failing to predict inflation.

2. Also at Monkey Cage: Kimberly Marten tries to make sense of Russian intentions in Ukraine.

3. At National Review, James Pethokoukis shoots down Scott Walker on equal opportunity in the U.S.

4. Spencer Ackerman at The Guardian reports on one House Democrat’s draft of a new authorization for the war against Islamic State.  As I’ve said, there’s no reason for Congress to wait for the administration on this.

5. Yes, projections of federal spending on health care continue to fall sharply; Paul N. Van de Water at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has the numbers.

6. More turmoil on the road to finding the True Conservatives: House Republicans are upset with Heritage Action. Anna Palmer, Lauren French and Jake Sherman report at Politico.

7. And Noah Smith here at View thinks about the century so far. On the political side, I’d begin with impeachment, rather than the contested 2000 election, and I’m not as concerned about partisan polarization as he seems to be. But a good piece, and plenty of fodder for arguments.

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