Gridlock Comes to the Senate

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. Andrew Rudalevige at the Monkey Cage on the Supreme Court decision in Zivotofsky and what it says about presidential power.

2. Here comes gridlock to the Senate: Politico’s Burgess Everett explains.

3. Jamelle Bouie on bigotry and swimming. At Slate.

4. Bloomberg Politics’s Dave Weigel talks to Rand Paul in a postmortem on the recent NSA fight.

5. Kevin Drum makes some good points about Grover Norquist’s incentive structure, and how it causes trouble for those around him.

6. And I voted again. This time, it was the mayor election run-off here in San Antonio, and I used early voting; the actual election is on Saturday.

Just the facts: This was the fourth election day in my precinct this year, and the eleventh in the four-year cycle. I cast just one vote this time. That’s 11 votes in the two-year cycle (after November 2014) and 143 votes cast so far in the four-year cycle.

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