Lies, Economics and Party Unity

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. Jennifer Lind at the Monkey Cage on Barack Obama’s trip to Hiroshima.

2. Yes, Scott Lemieux is correct: Both Sarah Palin and George W. Bush were cases in which Republican voters were taught that expertise in government and public affairs was irrelevant, or even harmful, to the presidency.

3. Greg Sargent at Plum Line on why the Democrats will unify once the nomination is no longer contested. Yup.

4. Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter looks at demographics and the presidential election.

5. Jonathan Chait tries to grapple with the way Donald Trump lies. Not bad. I’ll say again: The only politician who I recall similarly having such a blatant disregard for the rules about truth and lies was Ross Perot. At any rate, one complaint: Chait claims that Trump lies “at no apparent cost,” but we don’t know that -- and we do know he remains extremely unpopular.

6. And I missed this a while back, but Brad DeLong on economics, economists and more is very much worth reading.

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