On the last day of Pope Francis’s trip to Mexico, he went to the border, climbed atop a platform overlooking the Rio Grande and prayed for the immigrants who flee violence to cross there. If you think that was a repudiation of Donald Trump and his wall, well, so did Donald Trump. Via The Washington Post.
Why Apple doesn’t want to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of one of the dead San Bernardino terrorists. Via Vox.
Did Mitch McConnell blow it on his Supreme Court pronouncement? The surprise answer: maybe not. Via The New Republic.
In McConnell’s worst nightmare, some African-Americans are saying that Republicans’ refusal to consider an Obama nomination for the court is another attempt to deny the legitimacy of America’s first black president. Via The New York Times.
Obama hasn’t nominated anyone, and if he does, Republicans may not allow the nominee a hearing. But that doesn’t matter to the advocates from the left and right. They’re already on the job. Via The New York Times.
Eli Stokols is in South Carolina with Jeb!, who is losing in the polls, who lost the Nikki Haley endorsement, who gets told by his supporters that he needs to show more fire and who says that if everyone thinks he’s done for, then “I should stop campaigning maybe.” Via Politico.
Would Trump be the majority choice in South Carolina if it were a two-person race? FairVote breaks down the numbers.
How is this campaign different from all other campaigns? The National Review comes to the defense of Killer Mike.
The new populism: Jill Lepore asks in The New Yorker (warning: long read) whether it’s the message or the medium. Or will Wi-Fi end the party system?
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