Read Stuff, You Should: Ted Cruz Jumps In

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1. “Laws that make it harder to vote may be anathema to good government and unbefitting a large democracy that fancies itself a model for the world. They are also entirely consistent with our history.” That’s Seth Masket on voter registration in the U.S., at Pacific Standard.

2. John Sides at the Monkey Cage on the nerds and the pundits.

3. While Josh Putnam has the nitty-gritty of the changes to Republican presidential nomination rules.

4. Jay Ulfelder on what the situation in Yemen means for the international order.

5. Nice Jonathan Chait analysis of Ted Cruz, at New York.

6. Vox's Matt Yglesias makes a good point about Cruz: His debating skills won’t get him the presidential nomination, but could hurt some other candidate.

7. And, yes, Cruz’s applause line about abolishing the Internal Revenue Service is just nonsense, as is the claim that a flat tax is simpler for taxpayers than the current code. The Washington Post’s Catherine Rampell explains.

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