New House Speaker, Even More 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. Barbara A. Perry and Marc J. Selverstone at the Monkey Cage on why Republicans might benefit from holding Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Merrick Garland.

2. Dan Drezner wonders what will happen to Republican intellectuals in a Trumpified party.

3. I missed this brilliant Jon Ward interview of Elaine Kamarck on the nomination process from earlier this week at Yahoo, but it’s a must-read. Kamarck knows her stuff, and she’s absolutely on fire here.

4. Lindsey McPherson at Roll Call on inaction in the House of Representatives. The Paul Ryan House is shaping up to be sort of like the John Boehner House, except more dysfunctional.

5. And Amber Phillips at the Fix updates the (very small) secession movement in Texas.

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