Presidents Don't Explain Everything

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. At the Monkey Cage, James Glaser and Timothy Ryan offer some (cautious) reason for hope of reconciliation after Charleston based on research they conducted the last time South Carolina considered symbols of the Confederacy.

2. Seth Masket at Pacific Standard argues that recent Court rulings will play well for Republicans.

3. While Julia Azari at Mischiefs of Faction thinks about the Court, other recent events, and how they leave the parties.

4. Jesse Rhodes, also at MoF on Barack Obama and the folly of assuming presidents are the best explanation for everything.

5. Dan Drezner on Greece and the future of Europe.

6. Good Bloomberg Politics reporting from Sahil Kapur on the Arizona redistricting case, citing several political scientists. (Most of whom are far more enthusiastic about good government reforms than I am, for what it's worth. I think the Court got it right that ballot propositions instituting nonpartisan commissions are Constitutionally kosher, even though I'm against the process and the substance.)

7. Tom Mann at Brookings on the Arizona redistricting case.

8. Rick Hasen compares the Arizona case to Bush v. Gore.

9. Good look at how redistricting commissions play out nationally from the Upshot's Nate Cohn.

10. What was the Chief Justice really saying last week? Think Progress's Ian Millhiser thinks the (still very conservative) John Roberts is taking on Federalist Society dogma. Very interesting.

11. And "this South isn't erasing history; it's working to build a more truthful narrative of the Civil War for a broader, more diverse generation of Southerners. And the push against Confederate flags is just the beginning." Slate's Jamelle Bouie on what comes next.

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