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Regulatory Oversight and Number Politics

Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.

1. Greg Koger on why majority parties in the Senate like the legislative filibuster

2. Molly Reynolds at Brookings on the electoral calculations behind Chuck Schumer's strategy on the Supreme Court nomination.

3. Kevin Kosar and Andrew Rudalevige discuss how Congress should handle regulatory oversight. Important!

4. Matthew Shuggart on the collapse of Canadian political reform.

5. Rick Hasen at Slate on North Carolina and voting rights.

6. Gene Sperling at the Atlantic is worried about the possible politicization of the jobs numbers and other economic statistics, something (as he points out) that administrations of both parties have steered very clear of doing since Watergate. 

7. My Bloomberg View colleague Timothy L. O'Brien on Trump, manager

8. And Joshua Peck on how the Trump administration depressed Affordable Care Act signups. Fewer signups, outside of the people who won't be covered this year, will tend to produce less stable exchanges, with more expensive policies and fewer choices. A very dangerous game, if we assume the exchanges are going to be around for a while -- if people are unhappy, they might blame Barack Obama and Democrats for passing the original law, but it's much more likely currently unhappy customers will blame the current president and the Republicans. 

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