The Refugee Crisis and State Strength

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 Mischiefs of Faction, Richard Skinner looks at the winners from speculation about Joe Biden.

2. At the New West, Lama Mourad on the refugee crisis and state strength.

3. I think it’s more likely that the Republican nomination will be wrapped up after South Carolina than that it will be contested well into the spring … but if it is, then specific delegate rules may wind up making a difference, and the expert as always is Josh Putnam at FrontloadingHQ.

4. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York nails it: Although Barack Obama was correct to say that the question of gun policy is legitimately political, there are plenty of other things that should be “politicized” that Obama has claimed should be separated from politics.

5. Farai Chideya at FiveThirtyEight on “free stuff” from the government.

6. My Bloomberg View colleague Francis Wilkinson on the 1965 immigration law and how it set today’s immigration policy debates in motion. The chief sponsors, by the way, were Emanuel Celler, who represented parts of New York City in the House, and Michigan Senator Philip Hart, along with Senator Ted Kennedy.

7. Jared Bernstein asks a bunch of his (high-profile economist) friends about why -- and whether -- the Fed should tighten. Helpful.

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