on polarization in US politics. Three kinds: R vs D, liberal vs. conservative, engaged vs non-engaged. Yes, it's increasing. Notes that polarization doesn't mean extremism, it means consistency. Parties used to be mucked up, such that a 1940s poll question was "should we replace the parties with Liberal and Conservative parties?" Now they're not, and the engaged wings are definitely not, and people more view the other party as a threat to the country. Also
'Pew finds that the stereotypes are true: 75 percent of consistent
conservative want a community where "the houses are larger and farther
apart, but schools, stores and restaurants are several miles away".
Liberals were just the opposite: 77 percent wanted to live where "the
houses are smaller and closer to each other, but schools, stores and
restaurants are within walking distance."'
A related question also finds that conservatives say they want to live in rural or small town areas, while liberals want to live in cities. [Gloss: pity that liberals don't make it easy for cities to build more housing and tend to view developers as the devil.]
And yes, a bunch of people with liberal positions call themselves moderate or even conservative.
Can conservatives govern? The second DW-NOMINATE axis looks like "insider/outsider" these days, and the conservatives seem hostile to the idea of compromise. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/13/5804254/the-conservative-base-has-a-crippling-aversion-to-governing
CBO isn't rescoring Obamacare, same way they don't rescore things after they've passed, because scoring is comparing real world to hypothetical law, not real law to some unspecified hypothetical world. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/13/5805004/the-real-reason-cbo-wont-re-score-obamacare
Democrats unified across several important positions. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/14/5802564/democrats-are-more-unified-than-ever
Even the CEO of Goldman-Sachs thinks US inequality is a problem. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/12/5804034/even-goldman-sachs-ceo-is-now-worrying-about-income-inequality
Not quite politics, but maps of US population change. Houston keeps doing well. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/13/5807402/two-maps-that-show-where-the-us-population-is-exploding
Easy to build housing there...