Afghanistan and Obama’s re-election bid, Obama and the GSA and Secret Service scandals [AM Briefing]

“President Obama said the right things in Afghanistan last night, after signing a decent agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Too bad it’s all going to be judged in light of Obama’s campaign antics over the last few days,” writes Heritage’s James Carafano. (New York Post)

Politico’s Arena asks: President Obama and Afghanistan: Triumph or tragedy? Aaron David Miller answers. So does Brookings’ Darrell West. And Heritage’s James Carafano.

Cato’s Michael Tanner on the GSA and Secret Service scandals: “First, it really is a bit unfair to blame them on President Obama. The president is not directly involved in the day-to-day management of these agencies. Nor should he be. Moreover, misbehavior by government employees predates the Obama administration by quite a bit. In 460 b.c., for example, the Greek Delian League put nine government administrators to death for misusing public funds....However, none of that lets President Obama entirely off the hook.” (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: How to fund the arts in the United States? (New York Times)

AEI’s Jonah Goldberg gets nerdy. (National Review)

CFR’s Peter Orszag: Bad models mistook housing bust for dot-com bubble. (Bloomberg)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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