Read Stuff, You Should: Rating Presidents

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 Eddie Murray, 59.

The good stuff:

1. At Washington Monthly: "America is one of the only countries in the world with a real, working legislature that is a peer to the executive." So, Lee Drutman and Steven Teles argue, let's give Congress a more professional staff.  I hope Congress is listening.

2. Jonathan Ladd at Mischiefs of Faction on a better way to rate presidents.

3. Kevin Drum at Mother Jones on gotcha questions.

4. National Journal's Lauren Fox on what some conservatives are thinking on the Department of Homeland Security funding bill.

5. And Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight on data, sports and things that aren't sports.

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