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We Need to Talk About Birtherism

Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.

1. “Any account of Trump’s rise to the top of the GOP must start with his origins: exploiting widespread backlash against the country’s first black president by peddling birtherism.” Michael Tesler at the Monkey Cage.

2. Seth Masket at Pacific Standard on the responsible path for anti-Trump Republicans. I think he’s largely correct, although I do think Republicans who consider Donald Trump unacceptable but strongly support their party's conventional policies are in a bind. Both of their choices are awful (from their point of view). But that’s politics; sometimes one really does have to choose the lesser of two evils, and that’s better than making no choice at all.

3. I’m not one for podcasts, but there’s one I do endorse: “A Few Reasonable Words,” from political scientists Casey Dominguez, Cory Charles Gooding and Timothy Wyman McCarty. The latest episode is about campaign promises.

4. Julia Azari at FiveThirtyEight on the electoral consequences of terror attacks.

5. And Jonathan Chait on Trump’s real plan for defeating Islamic State.

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