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Retreats, Repeals and Replacements

Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.

1. Sheri Berman at Vox on Donald Trump and Trumpism and why it is a threat to U.S. democracy -- but probably not a specifically fascist threat. Cheer up? 

2. Norm Ornstein on the House ethics retreat.

3. John Sides at the Monkey Cage on the demographics of "Law and Order."

4. Two more anti-Obamacare conservative experts, Joseph Antos and James Capretta, explain why "repeal and delay" is a bad idea. Not clear that anyone is listening.

5. Meanwhile, some House conservatives are ready to roll out a "replace" plan. Paige Cunningham at the Washington Examiner reports. 

6. The Washington Post's Catherine Rampell on Trump and computers.

7. And can't make this point too often: As David Frum says, the remarkable thing about the leaked material from the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign was how little was in it. Indeed, I'd go further: That we have that leaked information is about the best proof we'll ever get that a campaign was remarkably well-behaved. I do think Frum pushes it a little too far, however, to call the leaks "delegitimizing." Unless there's more to it, feel free to bash Trump for negative campaigning and flat-out making stuff up, but if there was nothing much in the e-mails and Trump was merely taking advantage of an opportunity, there's nothing illegitimate about winning that way.

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