The Voting Rights Act, 50 Years Later

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. My debate postmortems are here (for the kiddie table matinee) and here (for the main event). Seen a good one? Leave a comment with a link.

2. Bernard Fraga at the Monkey Cage on the Voting Rights Act and voting, 50 years later.

3. Sean Trende at Real Clear Politics with a nice, quick primer on presidential general elections.

4. Over at HuffPost, Jennifer Bendery reminds everyone that Congress has totally punted on authorizing the war against ISIS -- but does note that Congress has found some other important priorities.

5. Slate’s Fred Kaplan on Barack Obama and the Iran deal.

6. Oh, and no, the Iran deal isn’t responsible for an arms race. My View colleague Tobin Harshaw has the charts and numbers.

7. And Maggie Haberman won pre-debate Twitter: “This is going to the most important debate ever ... until the next one.”

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