Trump's Debt to Reformers and Dysfunction

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. More on #WomenAlsoKnowStuff from Emily Beaulieu and Kathleen Searles at HuffPost. Yes, I’m going to keep pushing this one every time I have an excuse. The site is here. If you’re looking for experts, there's no excuse not to use this excellent resource.

2. Seth Masket on what Donald Trump will do to the Republican Party. I’m not sure it’s quite as bleak as he suggests, but I’m not sure it isn’t, either. I do strongly agree this isn’t at all comparable to 1964 with Barry Goldwater.

3. Matthew Atkinson and Darin DeWitt at the Monkey Cage ask why prediction markets consider the Democrats solid favorites to keep the White House while the fundamentals suggest it's a toss-up.

4. Dan Drezner calls out Bernie Sanders on trade. I think it’s a bit much to say it’s a “Big Lie” that Sanders ignores the international-relations effects of trade restrictions, but hyperbole aside, it’s a fair point.

5. David Broockman at the Washington Post thinks about how political reformers may have paved the way for Trump. Well, maybe, but I do agree with many of his points about polarization, moderates and reformers.

6. Robert Shapiro at Brookings looks at Trump’s tax plan.

7. Is Trump driving some people to citizenship so they can vote against him? Perhaps; Julia Preston at the New York Times has the story.

8. And Josh Barro on how Republican dysfunction made Trump possible.

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