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Masculinity, Rejectionism and Outrage

Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.

1. Kathleen Searles writes about why the Louisiana floods last month didn't dominate the national news. 

2. Rick Hasen on Twitter talked about the differing coverage of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. All true, although as I said in reply: The problem with Harold Hill -- and the reason you wouldn't want him to be your mayor -- is that he's ripping off the people in town after town, not that he's charming the piano teachers to help him get away with it. 

3. Meredith Conroy and Caroline Heldman on masculinity and the presidency. Count me as very skeptical that there's a direct effect on vote choice in presidential elections (at least when two men are running, and probably this time as well). But images of presidents and the presidency can be extraordinarily important, even when they don't affect vote choice. 

4. Norm Ornstein cautions Republicans to rethink their rejectionist strategy in Congress if Clinton becomes president. 

5. David Hopkins on Trump, Clinton and the media.

6. James Fallows at the Atlantic on Trump and the media.

7. See also Dan Kennedy at WGBH News. I'll say: This is genuinely difficult for the media. It is absolutely appropriate for Clinton to get tough scrutiny -- she should never be let off the hook because of her opponent's problems. And yet it's also important to establish just how far beyond normal Trump's background and campaign behavior has been. Normal presidential candidates just haven't, for example, run fraudulent "universities." They don't bring on board people who were just fired for monstrous behavior. They don't make flat-out bigoted statements (at least in the last few decades). And so there's no norm for making all of that clear while also being tough on the other candidate. 

8. Michelle Goldberg at Slate on Trump's latest adviser. She asks an excellent question.

9. Kevin Drum on what Clinton was up to in her e-mail decisions. Persuasive. 

10. Harry Enten at FiveThirtyEight on how to follow the polls.

11. And Paul Waldman at the Plum Line has a useful rundown of Trump scandals and outrages.

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