Wiretap: Both parties aren’t just in crisis. They’re in a time warp.

Bipartisan issue

Sure, the GOP seems perilously split. But Matt Yglesias at Vox argues the Dems are in crisis too.

Time machine

Republicans and Democrats have one thing in common, writes Robert Samuelson in The Washington Post. When it comes to the issues, they’re stuck in a time warp.

Trump vs. W.

Trump keeps digging in his heels blaming George W. Bush for 9/11. The Donald’s remedy? Xenophobia. Via Politico.

Eight weeks

The GOP majority has eight weeks to figure out how to fund the government. Can it? Via The National Journal.

Reasonable claims

Democrats and Republicans in the Benghazi committee go tit for tat over whether Hillary Clinton’s emails contained classified information. The stage for the scuffle: the press. The timing: four days before Clinton testifies. The whole affair: pure politics. Via The New York Times.

Bad days

Trey Gowdy, the embattled committees chair that took on Clinton, is feeling the pain of taking on Clinton: “I would say in some ways these have been among the worst weeks of my life.” Via Politico.

Good policy?

The same week Clinton will testify to the committee, her campaign released a new video touting her triumphs as secretary of state. Good diplomacy? Via The Washington Post.

Caddy shack

If Paul Ryan doesn’t run for speaker of the house, will John Boehner’s golf game suffer? Via Politico.

Big money

Donald Trump brags he doesn’t need donors to float his campaign. So what’s up with his cozy ties to the big-money super-PAC Make America Great Again? Via The Washington Post.

Explaining Syria.

Vox breaks down the war in Syria in 5 minutes.

Dying alone

George Bell died alone and forgotten in a cluttered New York City apartment. Who was he? And what does he represent? And what happens if we die without friends and family who realize we’re missing? Via The New York Times.

 

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