Explaining Donald Trump's Polling Surge

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. Excellent John Sides item at the Monkey Cage explaining the Donald Trump polling surge.

2. Seth Masket at Pacific Standard asks whether Republicans are avoiding health insurance because conservatives have demonized Obamacare.

3. At HuffPollster, voter maven Michael McDonald on the 2014 electorate.

4. Political scientist Josh Putnam reminds us how rules will affect delegate selection for political conventions. Winnowing works, or at least it has for decades, and will likely work again in 2016: We’re unlikely to have several viable candidates long into the process.

5. Also at the Monkey Cage, Daniel Aldrich, James Platte and Jennifer F. Sklarew on what’s happening with nuclear power in Japan.

6. And here at Bloomberg View, Barry Ritholtz has seen the future, and it ain’t your grandfather’s automobile.

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