The Rules of Reconciliation

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. Josh Putnam at Frontloading HQ explains that it's way too early to blame Republican rules changes since 2012 -- which mostly haven't kicked in yet -- for things which haven't actually happened so far. In other words: We don't know yet whether we're going to see unintended consequences. My bet is we won't.

2. At the Monkey Cage, John Patty uses game theory to think through last week's Republican debate -- and the continuing nomination contest. Seems to me that the problem is more complicated that he poses it: While Donald Trump is the polling leader (and Ben Carson is in second place), it's not at all certain that Trump is therefore the "front-runner," if that means the person currently leading in what successful nominees must do.

3. Molly Reynolds at Brookings looks at the rules of reconciliation and what they will mean for potential resolution of the government funding showdown.

4. Dan Drezner at the Washington Post on Janet Yellen and the global economy.

5. Elizabeth Goitein writes a "5 myths" for the Washington Post about classified information. Helpful.

6. Washington Examiner's Byron York compares debate questions with polling on which topics voters believe are important. I'm skeptical of those polls, but, sure, it's a fair point.

7. Scott Monje at Foreign Policy Blogs looks at verification and the Iran deal. 

8. Here at Bloomberg View, Clive Crook on the Fed and inflation

9. And: Republicans are angry, "and Democrats are young enough to use lots of words I don't get. Sigh." Kevin Drum on partisan word choice on Twitter. FWIW, psot use BHO. (That is: For what it's worth, political scientists on Twitter use "BHO" for the president, or at least I and those I've noticed do). 

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