Endorsements, Lobbyists and Honest (?) Politicians
1. Julia Azari at Mischiefs of Faction on the difference between supporting and endorsing Donald Trump, and about our modern parties. On the first point: This actually seems pretty simple to me. Of course there are differences in the strength of support one politician gives another! It’s one thing to endorse; it’s another to show up at rallies when the candidate is in the neighborhood; yet another to barnstorm for that candidate. And, similarly, a “support but not endorse” statement is weaker than a flat-out endorsement.
2. At the Monkey Cage, Joshua Tucker interviews Margaret Roberts about social-science research using text analysis.
3. Lee Drutman at Polyarchy is absolutely correct about congressional staff and lobbyists.
4. The Fix’s Janell Ross interviews two scholars of women in politics on Hillary Clinton and honesty.
5. Kevin Drum on campaign finance reform. Regular readers will know that I agree with pretty much all of this.
6. Smart Ed Kilgore item on media coverage of the Hillary Clinton e-mails.
7. And my Bloomberg View colleague Noah Smith on the immigration debate among economists.
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