Gas prices and the presidential election, Obama super PAC shortfall and more [AM Briefing]

“The recent decline in gasoline prices has at least temporarily made this a less pressing issue in the presidential campaign. There is a real risk, however, that the summer driving season will again push the price to near $4 a gallon and that it will again assume center stage in the national political debate,” write CEPR’s Dean Baker and Bruce Bartlett. (Politico)

“As for the Obama-authorized super PAC being $90 million short of its $100 million goal, well, it was late getting started and some money-givers don’t like negative ads. A more plausible explanation is that big Democratic donors don’t trust the political judgment of super-PAC head Bill Burton — who was passed over for promotion to White House press secretary — the way big Republican donors trust Karl Rove...Here’s another: A lot of people like the way Obama has governed less than they liked the idea of Obama governing,” writes AEI’s Michael Barone. (National Review)

Victor Davis Hanson: Culture still matters. (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: Is it it time for Latin America and the United States to abandon the war on drugs and deal with the issue as a matter of public health rather than combat? (New York Times)

CFR’s Amity Shlaes: Women win in venture capital when they don’t sue. (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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