Avoiding the Buffett Rule, Mitt Romney on Lilly Ledbetter and more [AM Briefing]

After the Hilary Rosen-Ann Romney debacle, Hoover’s Victor Davis Hanson takes on the question of when it’s appropriate to go after a president’s or candidate’s spouse. (National Review)

Avoiding the Buffett Rule: “[A]s Americans pay their taxes by today’s deadline, we might note that trying to get more money from upper-income taxpayers is like playing whack-a-mole. So long as tax rates are high, rich people will figure out ways to protect their income,” writes Cato’s Daniel Mitchell. (Cato)

Alex Seitz-Wald: Mitt Romney refuses to say whether he would sign Lilly Ledbetter pay equity law. (ThinkProgress)

Politico’s Arena asks: Is the GSA Vegas debacle a major political headache for the Obama administration, since these scandals happened on its watch? Or can Democrats distance themselves from the seemingly renegade agency? Cato’s Roger Pilon, Heritage’s James Carafano and CEPR’s Dean Baker respond.

“Suppose ObamaCare is neutered in whole or part by the Supreme Court or altered greatly by the next Congress? Cuomo’s executive order might still be construed as moving New York a step closer to having a Massachusetts-style universal-health-insurance program — call it ‘CuomoCare,’” writes Manhattan Institute’s Russell Sykes. (New York Post)

Hoover’s Daniel Pipes: “Comic books as a method of missionizing for Islam (da’wa)? Yes. One year ago, Harvard University hosted a workshop to teach comic-book artists how to address Americans’ “unease with Islam and the Middle East.” And later this week, Georgetown University will air a PBS documentary, Wham! Bam! Islam!, celebrating a comic book called The 99.” (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: Is support for gay rights still controversial? (New York Times)

Hoover’s Josef Joffe: Germany reformed its social model. Europe can, too. (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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