Read Stuff, You Should: Conspiracy Theories

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 Mitch McConnell, 73.

Right to the good stuff:

1. John Sides at the Monkey Cage talks to Eric Oliver about conspiracy theories and why they’re so popular.

2. We need great invisible primary reporting. We also need great reporting on the reporting so that we can interpret it. In the latter category, don’t miss National Journal’s Emily Schultheis on what a “Clinton ally” might be

3. Philip Klein is correct that polling on foreign policy and national security has only bad news for Rand Paul’s presidential prospects. At the Washington Examiner.

4. Slate's Jamelle Bouie on Barack Obama and “exceptionalism.”

5. And my View colleague Ramesh Ponnuru, writing at National Review, objects to my logic suggesting that Republican politicians don’t actually believe the rhetoric they’ve used to characterize Obama.

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