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Changing Views and Political Identities

Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.

1. Matthew Bergman at the Monkey Cage on the election in the Netherlands

2. Ariel Edwards-Levy has decades of polling results showing changing views on women

3. Justin Elliott, Derek Kravitz and Al Shaw have some terrific reporting on the people the Donald Trump administration is using so far to attempt to control the executive branch.

4. Ross Douthat on Trump and Jimmy Carter

5. Good Sarah Kliff roundup on the real problem Republicans have pushing their health-care bill through Congress. 

6. Jonathan Chait on conservatives and the Republican health-care bill. I don't know what House Freedom Caucus members will do, but I'll say again that their primary political identity is tied up in constantly differentiating themselves from mainstream conservatives. Do they also care deeply about the substantive issues involved? I don't know.

7. And David Wasserman on demographic changes and polarization. I'm not sure this is the best way of looking at the evidence, but it's at least one valid way. Interesting. 

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