Cory Booker’s Bain Capital money; Bob McDonnell won’t work for Mitt Romney and more [AM Briefing]

Bain Capital and financial industry gave over $565,000 to Newark Mayor Cory Booker for 2002 campaign. (ThinkProgress)

Politicos Arena asks: Should Democrats stop the Bain Capital attacks? Cato’s Roger Pilon answers. So does Center for Economic and Policy Research’s Dean Baker.

James Capretta: Democrats’ budget blame game. (National Review)

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) seemed to be the perfect national security perfect vice president running mate for Romney. “But now McDonnell’s national security credentials have come into question, thanks to his mishandling of a bill passed by the Virginia General Assembly that disassociates the commonwealth from the military detention of al-Qaeda or its terrorist affiliates who happen to be U.S. citizens. The bill, HB 1160, would effectively bar Virginia state troopers from arresting a terrorist like Anwar al-Awlaki if they knew he would be put in military detention. McDonnell didn’t raise a finger to stop this odious legislation as it made its way through the Virginia legislature. As a result, it passed 97-3 in the House of Delegates and 39-1 in the state Senate,” writes AEI’s Marc Thiessen. (Washington Post)

Cato’s Gene Healy: Drones pose a threat to Americans’ privacy. (Washington Examiner)

AEI’s Fred Hess does some content analysis of Naomi Schaefer Riley’s Chronicle of Higher Education writing. (National Review)

Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald: Stop and frisk facts. (New York Post)

Room for Debate asks: After all the attempts to reform and rein in banking practices after the 2008 financial crisis, how could the JPMorgan Chase $2 billion loss have happened? What kind of regulation would have prevented this disaster? (New York Times)

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 and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.


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