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Collusion, Compromise and Popularity Boosts

Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.

1. Elizabeth N. Saunders at the Monkey Cage on what we learned about Donald Trump from Syria. 

2. Also at the Monkey Cage: Andrew Rudalevige on the legal status of the attack on Syria. 

3. Jordan Brunner, Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes at Lawfare on Trump's collusion with Russia during the campaign. 

4. Harry Enten on the rally-around-the-flag effect

5. And Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim on the failed negotiations to save the Supreme Court filibuster. It seems to me that the problem really hasn't been lack of trust between the two parties, but a major gap in their perceptions of ideology. That is: Republicans believe that Neil Gorsuch (and Sam Alito and other recent Republican nominees) are mainstream conservatives, while Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor are extreme liberals; Democrats see Kagan and Sotomayor as mainstream liberals but more moderate than, say, Thurgood Marshall or William Brennan, while they believe Gorsuch and Alito are extreme conservatives. So both sides believe they are already compromising and the other party isn't. Makes compromise difficult. 

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