“Over the past decade, a new fad has taken hold among academics and liberal journalists: Call it the new science of conservative phrenology. No, it doesn’t actually involve using calipers to determine intelligence based on the size and shape of people’s heads. The measuring devices are better — MRIs and gene sequencers — but the conclusions are worse. The gist is this: Conservatives and liberals don’t just have different world views or ideas, they have different brains; the Right and Left are just hard-wired to think differently,” writes AEI’s Jonah Goldberg. (National Review)
“When Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four others are arraigned Saturday in a military commission at Guantanamo Bay on charges of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, it will be the public’s first glimpse in several years of the 9/11 mastermind. The event holds the promise of long-delayed justice and will renew debate over the interrogations of the operation’s key planners,” writes Brookings’ Ben Wittes. (Washington Post)
Room for Debate asks: What can Mitt Romney do to win over women, Hispanics and Republicans who are moderates on gay issues? (New York Times)
Politico’s Arena asks: How will Bachmann’s backing affect Romney’s chances - positive, negative or neutral? Brookings’ Darrell West answers.
Hoover’s Deroy Murdock: Ignore the income gap. (National Review)
What will the next New York mayor have to deal with? “For the next fiscal year, starting in July, New York will spend $50.8 billion in city funds (much more if you count federal and state money). A decade ago, city spending was $28.8 billion. It’s up 76 percent in 11 years, 2 1/2 times the inflation rate — and on track to have doubled during the 12 years of Bloomberg’s watch,” writes Manhattan Institute’s Nicole Gelinas. (New York Post)
Heritage’s James Carafano asks why the government would do this: “The government turned over a cache of the captured documents to the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point for translation, analysis and publication. The center is a crackerjack outfit that turns out some of the world’s best analysis on global terrorism. And it did a bang-up job with the 17 declassified documents released yesterday.” (New York Post)
Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald: Skeptical justices force change of course on Arizona law. (Washington Examiner)