Colorado shooting and executing James Holmes, the real cost of ‘Obamacare’ and more [AM Briefing]

“In the aftermath of the Aurora, Colo., slaughter, the question went forth on all of the political chatter shows: ‘Will this reopen the debate over gun control?’” asks AEI’s Jonah Goldberg. But he also wants to know why nobody is talking about the death penalty for James Holmes. (National Review)

“Despite the tough political climate for federal gun control legislation, a coalition of law enforcement groups on Thursday called for background checks on all gun buyers and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines after the Colorado shooting rampage.” (LA Times)

Cato’s Michael Tanner on ‘Obamacare:’ “Yes, fans of the “reform” cheered this week’s news reports suggesting that ObamaCare will be less expensive than originally feared. But those news reports were wrong. . . The Congressional Budget Office did, in fact, report that two provisions, the expansion of Medicaid and subsidies to help middle-class families buy insurance, might cost $84 billion less over the next 10 years than previously projected. But that’s a drop of less than 5 percent of the law’s total cost over that period.” (New York Post)

CFR’s Rob Danin on Syria: “No scenario is too fanciful,” he said. “We are in such uncharted territory. The regime is reeling and armed to the teeth.” (NBC)

“Chinese people power has arrived. As China’s top officials meet in Beidaihe to finalize their selections for the country’s new leadership, they are being overshadowed by a different, and increasingly potent, political class – the Chinese people. From Beijing to Jiangsu to Guangdong, Chinese citizens are making their voices heard on the Internet and their actions felt on the streets. Take the terrible flooding in Beijing this past weekend. Thus far, the municipal government estimates that the flooding has caused around $1.88 billion in damage, with more than 65,000 residents evacuated from their homes and 77 dead,” writes CFR’s Elizabeth Economy. (CNN)

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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