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Celebrity Candidates and Pictures of History

Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.

1. Sergio Garcia-Rios and Tyler Reny debunk the exit polls on the Latino vote.

2. Joel Goldstein at the Monkey Cage assesses Joe Biden's vice presidency.

3. Also at the Monkey Cage, Patrick J. Egan and Megan Mullin on the difficulties Scott Pruitt may face at the Environmental Protection Agency. More of these, please. It's not that Republicans won't have successes in changing the government and the nation; they will. But they'll also have setbacks, and some of their successes won't last long. Lots and lots of battles ahead, with many outcomes very hard to predict.

4. Dan Drezner makes good points about Barack Obama's strengths and weaknesses in foreign policy.

5. Matt Yglesias makes a good point about second-rate cabinet secretaries.

6. Richard Painter, Laurence Tribe, Norman Eisen and Joshua Matz at the Atlantic on Donald Trump's failure to abide by the foreign emoluments clause of the Constitution: "Trump will thus place himself in clear violation of America’s basic charter from the very first instant of his presidency."

7. While Greg Sargent at the Plum Line on what can be done about Trump's ethics issues. Seems to me the obvious solution, if three Republicans are interested, is to just freeze one or more of his nominees until he complies. All it takes is Republican participation. 

8. Alyssa Rosenberg on celebrity candidates

9. And: Really? Trump isn't going to get around to naming a White House photographer? Sad. Time's Olivier Laurent reports. 

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