When Congressional Reform Backfires

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. John Sides at the Monkey Cage on Donald Trump’s low fundraising totals -- and the edge it may give Hillary Clinton.

2. Matt Grossmann and David Hopkins at Vox argue that liberal-backed congressional reform has backfired, or at least hasn’t helped liberals. Interesting, but note that the big period of liberal success, in the early and mid-1960s, was smack in the middle of the reform period, not before it began. But the overall point sounds reasonable to me.

3. Ta-Nehisi Coates on “deplorables” and Breitbart.

4. Chris Cillizza at the Fix on what we actually know about the candidates’ health -- incomplete records for Clinton, practically nothing for Trump.

5. My Bloomberg View colleagues Tyler Cowen and Noah Smith have an interesting conversation about fiscal stimulus, jobs and what the economy needs now. I am not an economist, and I won’t comment on most of the substance here, but I will say they’re nuts about one thing: Loose fiscal policy is always wildly popular. At least as long as you don’t say the words “budget deficit.” And probably even if you do.

6. Greg Sargent at the Plum Line on how the Clinton campaign handled her pneumonia.

7. Benjy Sarlin on Trump’s flip-flopping on interest rates.

8. Marin Cogan covers a white-supremacist news conference.

9. And xkcd has a timeline of the earth's temperatures. Just in case you believe that what’s happening now isn’t a big deal.

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