Anarchy, Tax Disclosures and Trump's New Lows

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. Good Dave Hopkins item on the electoral college.

2. At the Monkey Cage, Neil Malhotra and Yotam Margalit on how voters react to optimism and pessimism.

3. Melissa Yeager and Richard Skinner at the Sunlight Foundation make the case for why candidates' disclosure of their tax returns matters.

4. Fred Kaplan on hacking into the DNC and anarchy.

5. At Vox, Jeff Stein interviews a Bernie Sanders delegate who plans to support Hillary Clinton.

6. Greg Sargent on how low Donald Trump can go. What’s interesting to me is his point about Trump and media dominance. My feeling at this point is that Trump earlier this year was able to escape his Red Queen Race -- in which he had to do more and more outrageous things in order to maintain the same (very large) share of media attention. He escaped it because CNN, in particular, decided to milk the Trump Show the way that it milked the missing airplane. As long as that lasted, Trump only had to stay outrageous, not constantly ratchet up. However, it’s harder for the media to ignore long-standing norms of fairness in the general election. Which means the Red Queen Race is back.

7. And don’t miss my Bloomberg View colleague Francis Wilkinson on bigotry.

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