There's No Republican Front-Runner

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. John Sides at the Monkey Cage with the evidence that the Republican presidential nomination remains up for grabs. I’m skeptical of calling Jeb Bush any kind of front-runner, by the way; I see no way to separate Bush from Scott Walker and Marco Rubio, based on what we know now.

2. While Seth Masket at Mischiefs of Faction reminds us that the Democratic nomination, well, isn’t up for grabs.

3. Also at the Monkey Cage: Ray La Raja and Brian Schaffner make the case that giving formal party organizations more access to money tends to dampen polarization.

4. “The California Democrat Setting the National Agenda.” Sara Libby profiles California state legislator Lorena Gonzalez. A bit of hype? Sure, but a good story nonetheless.

5. Kevin Drum on what was actually the problem with Jeb Bush’s awkward statement about how Americans should work harder.

6. And my View colleague Francis Wilkinson argues that the “deportation era” has ended.

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