Carter and Trump Have Something in Common

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. Henry Farrell at the Monkey Cage on engineering applause for the president.

2. Scott Lemieux at the New Republic on Donald Trump, Barack Obama and political time. As usual, I think the idea that presidents are constrained by the political and party contexts they find themselves in is extremely useful, while talk about dominant regimes is much less so. 

3. Nicholas Bagley and Adrianna McIntyre on what Trump could do on health care without congressional action. Of course, if he does undermine the Affordable Care Act (and perhaps even if his administration doesn't actively try to support it), it's quite likely Trump, and not Obama, would be blamed for hardship. Indeed: The incumbent administration tends to be blamed for whatever problems might happen, whether they had any responsibility for them or not. 

4. Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner on how Trump will handle questions about whatever health-care plan he winds up with. 

5. Missed this one over the weekend, but it's still timely: Dylan Matthews at Vox on the disastrous Jimmy Carter presidency and why Trump may meet a similar fate. 

6. David Leonhardt on the media's responsibility when the White House doesn't tell the truth.

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