The Most Dangerous Man in British Politics

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. Seth Masket considers what Hillary Clinton should learn from the Trump campaign.

2. “Yes, Jeremy Corbyn actually is the most dangerous man in British politics.” That’s Alex Massie, and he may have a point.

3. Here at View, Francis Wilkinson on Republicans trapped between (sorry) a wall and a hard place on immigration.

4. While Amanda Terkel at HuffPost looks at the history of birthright citizenship.

5. I don’t think we have any idea why all the presidential candidates are unpopular at this point, but Jessica Taylor over at NPR collects the data to show that, yes, this isn’t how things always are.

6. Ed Kilgore writes about phantom campaigns and asks for our favorites. Easy: Warren Beatty was supposedly running for president (and, if I recall correctly, senator or governor from California) in at least two cycles. Unless James Traficant counts, but I think his was more of a glorious failure than a phantom.

7. Useful update on where the budget process stands, from Morning Consult’s Will Dobbs-Allsop.

8. Yes, most self-identified independents are really partisans in disguise. Philip Bump has charts. I keep using the same rule of thumb: voters are one third Democrats, one third Republicans, one third "independents," and the latter are one third Democrats, one third Republicans, and one third true independents. Yes, there are small fluctuations over time, but that pretty much describes the last 30-plus years.

9. An Ann Friedman pie to celebrate voting rights for women.

10. And Vox’s David Roberts sings the praises of The Chronicles of Prydain. I’m a big fan. Makes me wonder a bit whether the “nothing happens” section of the final Potter book -- a section I absolutely love -- was in any way inspired by Taran Wanderer.

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