Writer for The Washington Post's politics blog, The Fix. philip.bump@washpost.com

Rick Santorum’s got a point: Nothing helps poll numbers like winning

washingtonpost.com — When Fox News announced on Wednesday that it would limit participation in the first debate of the Republican calendar to the top 10 candidates in national polling, it was instantaneously obvious that there would be friction. And sure enough, within 24 hours Rick Santorum (who would not make the top-ten cut, if it were today) offered a complaint.

The four levels of access to Hillary Clinton

washingtonpost.com — A snippet of a piece in Politico's story about Hillary Clinton's fundraising efforts stuck out to us. How much the candidate has raised isn't yet clear, but the site's Gabriel Debenedetti and Annie Karni suggest that the amount of time the fundraising requires is already exhausting.

The long-term rise of the urban American west

washingtonpost.com — The largest city in the United States has always been New York, from the first census to the Census Bureau's update this week. By a wide margin. The focal point of the Bureau's announcement, though, was that there are now 10 U.S. cities with a population of over 1 million, San Jose, Calif.

The Clintons’ 2014 speech income, visualized

Republicans are not pleased with the Republicans running Congress

washingtonpost.com — The Republican Party has been running the show on Capitol Hill for a grand total of four-plus months. And in that extensive period of time, they have not impressed the Republican base. To a fairly remarkable extent.

How Saudi Arabia may cost Alaska state employees their jobs

washingtonpost.com — Bill Walker won a tough electoral battle last year to become Alaska's governor. An independent, he partnered with the Democratic candidate to form a unity ticket, which won by a narrow two-point margin. But that was the easy part, compared to actually running the state.

The Bernie Sanders AMA conspiracy, and what it tells us about partisan psychology

washingtonpost.com — There's a subcategory on Reddit called /r/bestof which describes itself as offering "the very best hidden commentary that reddit has to offer!" Right now, the seventh most popular item on that list is a post from the Bernie Sanders for President subcategory with a long and cryptic headline: "/u/SockofBadKarma explains why the vote count for Bernie Sanders' AMA was suspicious and why vote fuzzing doesn't account for the irregularities."

Jeb’s careful dismissal of climate change sounds an awful lot like George W.

washingtonpost.com — At a house party in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Jeb Bush addressed the subject of climate change, one of several topics where his views are on the left-most edge of the GOP's consensus views. "The climate is changing," he said, according to the Post's Ed O'Keefe.

Rand Paul’s second lengthy Senate speech doesn’t make quite as big a splash

washingtonpost.com — When Rand Paul stood up to oppose the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA in early 2013, the freshman senator accomplished a number of things at once. He reinforced his civil libertarian credentials, albeit in part because the public absorbed less of the nuance of his primary point (drone strikes against Americans in America should be prohibited) than the overall theme of government overreach.

Three 2016 candidates have spent 53-and-a-half hours filibustering since 2010

washingtonpost.com — Five years ago, a still-fairly-unknown politician from Vermont held the floor of the Senate for eight-and-a-half hours. Bernie Sanders's demonstration -- later published as a print book simply called "The Speech" -- articulated his opposition to a tax agreement cobbled together by the White House and Congress.
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May 24, 2015

Commercial rents are so high in New York that even some Starbucks are struggling to pay. j.mp/1cdFIwJ via @ravisomaiya

May 24, 2015

@jfruh "it is because you are painful and late" "UGH fine I'll discuss oysters with you"

May 24, 2015

This weekend marks the official start of summer in New York: Saw our first drunk hobo asleep on a sidewalk with his genitalia exposed.

May 24, 2015

@morninggloria @ebruenig I've seen what he does and says! Deserves to be suspended, no question.

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