Public Opinion, Partisanship and the Confederate Flag

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 Foreign Affairs, Dalia Dassa Kaye explains the real choices facing the United States with regard to Iran and the bomb. I'm certainly a non-expert here, but seems to me the odd thing about this one is that a bad deal is better than no deal for both sides.

2. The Monkey Cage’s John Sides discusses voter targeting with Eitan Hersh, who has a new book out on how micro targeting really works -- and how public policy matters more than consumer profiling.

3. Michael Tesler on public opinion and partisanship about the Confederate flag.

4. Natalie Jackson points out that there’s still no polling front-runner among Republican presidential candidates.

5. Sean Trende on the limits of current polling.

6. At Vox, Sarah Kliff has a major story about preventable deaths in hospitals.

7. And Ed Kilgore argues against the “party decides” view of presidential nominations. Since I’m more “party decides” than the folks who wrote the book with that title, I … disagree. Kilgore should know, by the way, that there are plenty of dissenters among political scientists, too.

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