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Jonathan Bernstein

Jonathan Bernstein is a political scientist who writes about American politics, especially the presidency, Congress, parties and elections.

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Why the press needs to stop burying presidential contenders before the primaries start. Read more

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An effort to squash this debate before Politico starts it. Read more

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Conservatives had the chance to test their favorite health-care ideas in state-run exchanges. They decided bullying Obama was a better use of their time than ideological consistency instead. Read more

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Forget about the Hastert Rule. The House speaker has his own, which is going to make it difficult for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and a handful of other legislation to pass. Read more

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Sure, we could have a more efficient government if we got rid of those pesky checks and balances. But we’d have to give up the citizen efficacy that is our Constitution’s enduring special sauce. Read more

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Democrats will let the president’s signature legislation die a painful death if Healthcare.gov isn’t fixed soon. Which is exactly why Obama is racing to fix this mess like Bush never did with his signature war. Read more

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Ted Cruz is threatening to court government meltdown when we hit the next budget deadline next year. Here’s why it’s unlikely to happen. Read more

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Defending the United States' great experiment in governance from the haters  Read more

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When the shutdown is over and the victors are proclaimed, remember that narratives and messaging aren’t to thank. They were set to win before this war even started. Read more

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The factors making Boehner’s life a living hell are external to his personal quirks and failings. Anyone else would have the same problems. Read more

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Well, that happened. Here's the step-by-step guide to how Congress and the White House end this mess. Read more

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Why the lingering shadows of the Bush administration are making across-the-aisle deals on foreign policy impossible. Read more

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Why Obama and Congress need to talk it out on Syria.  Read more

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Why you need to stop whining about gerrymandering Read more

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Twitter may be able to predict elections just as well as the polls, but we use survey research for way more than just that. Read more

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Chris Christie is a viable candidate for 2016, but it's no sure bet this early in the game. Read more

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What took Senate Democrats so long to make progress on confirming executive-branch nominees? Read more

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The GOP is terrified that social safety nets are creating an army of Democratic zombie voters. In reality, the exact opposite could be true. Read more

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As the Senate continues battling about executive-branch nominations and nuclear options, here are a few filibuster myths that need deflating. Read more

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The law is going to make health care better for many Americans. A lot of them just won't realize it's the same thing as the Obamacare they hate.  Read more

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