Fact Checks Work, Mandates Are Real

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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1. Fact-checking works -- at least a bit, and with some groups of voters. Brendan Nyhan at the Upshot.

2. All of us who have ever said that “mandates don’t exist” need to read mandate-splaining from Julia Azari. Very smart. She’s not saying that a mandate is some sort of explicit instructions from the electorate; instead, she’s making an argument from what I think of as representation (which,  I’ve argued, can have very real effects even if it’s entirely within a politician’s head). I have to read her book.

3. Elena Nikolova and Nikolay Marinov at the Monkey Cage look at disaster relief in Bulgaria for evidence of how relief affects corruption.

4. Rick Hasen makes the case against Jeb Bush’s use of a super-PAC. I’m still not convinced.

5. Ross Douthat encourages Scott Walker to push harder on restricting legal immigration.

6. The American Conservative’s Dan Larison on “cheap hawks.”

7. Also at TAC, Noah Millman on marriage.

8. Paul Waldman at The American Prospect argues against sincerity.

9. Nice Ezra Klein item at Vox on Obamacare and government benefits.

10. While Byron York at the Wsahington Examiner wonders whether conservative candidates have really thought through immigration.

11. And here at View, Noah Smith on the perils of getting a Ph.D.

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