Staffing Struggles and Hawks Who Aren't

(Bloomberg View) -- 1. David Lewis at the Monkey Cage on what's gone wrong in staffing the executive branch.

2. While Douglas L. Kriner and Eric Schickler, also at the Monkey Cage, look at what's going wrong with congressional investigations.

3. Matt O'Brien at Wonkblog isn't impressed with Donald Trump's tax "plan." 

4. My Bloomberg View colleague Megan McArdle is even less impressed with the "plan" -- and what it says about how this administration does policy. Yup. 

5. And Kevin Drum is really ready for people to stop pretending that the Republican Party is full of fiscal hawks almost 40 years after they became the party of big deficits.

Get Early Returns every morning in your inbox. Click here to subscribe.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg View columnist. He taught political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and DePauw University and wrote A Plain Blog About Politics.

To contact the author of this story: Jonathan Bernstein at

For more columns from Bloomberg View, visit