Once again some very worthy items are beginning to accumulate elsewhere on the Washington Monthly site, and today’s a good time to draw attention to them before we get absorbed with the roll-out of the July-August issue of the magazine. So here goes:

At Ten Miles Square:

* Jonathan Bernstein unravels, with help from the New York Times‘ Jackie Calmes, the wildly conflicting GOP perspectives on Medicare.

* Aaron Carroll examines with some alarm the initial steps of GOP governors to use the Medicaid expansion portion of the Supreme Court decision on ACA to pare back earlier federally mandated expansions of the program.

* Harold Pollack suggests that Mitt Romney’s gigantic IRA is a better object of scrutiny than some of the more common criticisms of his business record.

* Michael O’Hare argues that California’s decision to keep moving ahead on its controversial high-speed rail project is the right idea at the right time, even if it’s “the wrong train in the wrong place.”

And at College Guide:

* Daniel Luzer reports on the efforts of New Jersey’s Kean University to politically challenge the decision of the regional accreditation body to place it on probation–for good reason.


Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.