AM Briefing (9/8/11): 9/11, more stimulus and jobs, Patriot Act and more

E.J. Dionne argues that if we keep looking back to 9/11, we will continue to make the same mistakes. He suggests, after this 10th anniversary, to make it a simple day of remembrance. (Washington Post)

On the other hand Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton point out the may of the 9/11 Commission holes have yet to be filled. (USA Today)

Joe Stiglitz says there are plenty of policies that can put people back to work and lower the ratio of debt to gross domestic product--and even protect the deficit in the short run. (Politico)

The New York Times takes the moment of reflection at the anniversary of 9/11 to ask the question: Do we still need the Patriot Act? (New York Times)

It almost doesn’t matter how low Obama’s approval rating goes if there is no single Republican candidate who can emerge as a true leader of the pack, says Michael Barone. All have a shown a lackluster performance thus far. (National Review)

Nobody likes the word “stimulus” anymore, says CFR’s Amity Shlaes. So what’s the best bad choice? More defense spending will put people back to work and the Pentagon knows how to manage it all. (New York Post)

And do we now know what happened to a trillion dollars in stimulus the first time around? (Wall Street Journal)

Hoover’s Victor Davis Hanson recalls some of the myths over the last ten years the left and the right have used when it comes to 9/11. (National Review)

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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