Figuring Out the New Normal in America

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. Kelsey Coolidge and Curtis Bell on the worldwide drop in female heads of government. 

2. Seth Masket on partisans and ideologues.

3. Doug Chapin on elections as "critical infrastructure."

4. Sarah Kliff at Vox on the chances of an Obamacare repeal really happening. 

5. And I very much like this new feature at Slate: Is This Normal? Ben Mathis-Lilley on the hearing schedule for Donald Trump's cabinet nominees.

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