Link Round-up for April 8

From around the blogosphere:

For at least the past eight months, I have followed the presidential campaign fairly closely and kept up to date with much of the coverage—both horse race and more think-piece-y. Some of my best escapes from comp preparation and writing have been watching the debates and discussing with friends—both IRL and through the interwebs. Nevertheless, I am now willing to go as far as to say that the race has become boring. Donald Trump’s weaknesses are emerging and poll numbers are dropping, lessening the urgency of opposing him. Despite repeated victories by Bernie Sanders over the past few weeks, Hillary Clinton’s lead continues to appear insurmountable. Worst of all, there have not been any debates to spark new, interesting topics of conversation.

At this point, we have grown almost immune to an official Donald Trump campaign statement that accuses his primary rival of a federal crime and uses the moniker “Lyin’ Ted.” Washington Post.

On the Democratic side, we are back to futile debates about the true meaning of key buzzwords. Where before the squabble was over who was a true progressive, we have now gotten deep into what it means to be qualified to be president. Atlantic.

For good measure, here’s a priceless clip of Hillary Clinton literally LOLing in response to accusations her excessive ambition could “destroy the Democratic Party.”

Two days ago Dutch voters rejected a measure that would have brought Ukraine one step closer to joining the EU. Christian Raffensperger analyzes this decision over at the Monkey Cage.

Also on the European front, Prime Minister David Cameron has faced increased scrutiny this past week over revelations his family members had used offshore tax havens, and that Cameron himself had profited as a result. Time. This comes on the heels of the Prime Minister of Iceland stepping down in response to Panama Papers’ revelations regarding his own financial activities.

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The article I did not see written this week but should have been: “How WhatsApp Encryption Will Affect European Counterterrorism.” In the meantime, he is a Wired article about this big news in the world of tech.

Remember that scandal awhile back when there was a fake study about personal conversations and prejudice? Now a different study is finding the same thing—apparently with more integrity. NPR.

Entering the growing debate on Obama’s foreign policy legacy, Stephen Walt argues (not surprisingly) that Obama was not in fact a realist president. Foreign Policy.


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