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JENNIFER RUBIN: Fish or cut bait time for a third candidate

The courtship of a potential third candidate to run for president has to date been a tale of disappointment. The effort is feasible logistically and monetarily, but no major figure offers himself or herself. A source very close to Mitt Romney tells Right Turn, “No. Not gonna happen.” Why Romney won’t agree to the role of national rescuer and conservative soul-saver is unknown, but history will judge him and all those who might have stepped forward but chose not to.

EZEKIEL EMANUEL: A super strategy for fighting superbugs

The E. coli found infecting a Pennsylvania woman that is resistant to colistin — the antibiotic of last resort — signals that a superbug is inevitable. Circulating among the bacteria in humans are all the antibiotic-resistance genes necessary to create a superbug; they just need to come together in one bacterium. This nightmare scenario highlights two urgent needs: to slow the development of resistant bugs and to spur development of new antibiotics.

BARTON SWAIM: The left won the culture war. Will they be merciful?

A recent report on NPR began by noting that the arguments of many “conservative Christians” are “being challenged by changing views in society.” I wondered: Is there someone alive who doesn’t know that already? The story went on to explain that some “evangelicals” are embracing liberal social views and some aren’t — an observation made at least a thousand times before, and one entirely dependent on the nebulous descriptor “evangelical.”

Immigration isn’t that bad for native workers

Does immigration cost native workers their jobs or drive down their wages? This is one of the most contentious issues in economic policy right now. Fortunately, a lot of academic economists are doing some very smart, careful and thorough empirical work to figure out the effects of immigration on local labor markets.

MEGAN MCARDLE: The danger of President Trump isn’t dictatorship

Let’s say Donald Trump manages to romp his way to the White House in November. The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik paints a dire picture of what will follow: “If Trump came to power, there is a decent chance that the American experiment would be over. This is not a hyperbolic prediction; it is not a hysterical prediction; it is simply a candid reading of what history tells us happens in countries with leaders like Trump.”

NOAH FELDMAN: The Clarence Thomas dissent that broke my heart

As law professors go, I’m pretty sympathetic to Clarence Thomas’s constitutional jurisprudence. It’s not that I agree with him, which I almost never do. But I think he genuinely tries to apply originalism using historical methods. And when it comes to the law of race, where again I disagree with Thomas, I respect his effort to give voice to a distinctive form of conservative black nationalism that insists on color blindness because it’s better for blacks.

JENNIFER RUBIN: Is it time to ask Romney to run?

There is demand for a third candidate. The unprecedented unfavorability of the two major parties’ front-runners creates an opportunity. And yet the #NeverTrump forces have gotten close but have so far failed to recruit a candidate. Both retired general James Mattis, former CIA director and defense secretary Robert Gates and former senator Tom Coburn , R-Okla., have publicly said no while other potential candidates have said so privately, according to those involved in the search. A spokesman for Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., remarked that “he has three little kids and the only callings he wants [are] raising them and serving Nebraskans,” which falls short of a definitive no.