Baltimore, Bundling and Budgets

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. The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates on Baltimore.

2. Hans Noel at Mischiefs of Faction on ice cream, politics, and bundling. Essential. The only thing I’d put a bit differently is that it’s absolutely okay to be selfish in politics, but pure selfishness alone (as Hans says) gets you nowhere. Ability and willingness to work with others, including those who disagree with you, is essential.

3. While also at MoF Julia Azari argues that the biggest problem with U.S. political parties is that reformers already got to them. Not bad.

4. “Advocates of these options are engaged in wishful thinking.” That’s Michael E. Brown and Chantal de Jonge Oudraat at the Monkey Cage on the alternatives to the Iran framework.

5. Alex Massie at Politico on what’s happening in Scotland during the run-up to election in the U.K.

6. Stan Collender on why the upcoming Budget Resolution is meaningless. I don’t exactly disagree with any of his points … but I would say that agreeing on a Budget Resolution is less dysfunctional than not agreeing to one. Selling it as anything beyond tiny steps, however, is overhype.

7. Very nice Jonathan Chait item on populism, policy, and identity politics, over at Mother Jones.

8. Matt O’Brien at Wonkblog on the continuing evidence-free Republican tax-cut mania.

9. Jonathan Cohn and Mark Blumenthal look at the latest polling on Obamacare – including a major reality gap.

10. Brian Beutler on parties, Hillary Clinton, and campaign populism.

11. And a good Ed Kilgore report on what happened in Iowa over the weekend.

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