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Gun control after Colorado shooting, Obama’s stance and more [AM Briefing]

Obama: Gun control ‘should be common sense.’ (ThinkProgress)

“Only a few lonely media outlets responded to the Aurora Mall murders by calling for stricter gun-control measures. President Barack Obama and Colorado governor John Hickenlooper made eloquent statements, as did Mitt Romney, but neither the two Democrats nor the Republican called for changes in gun laws,” writes AEI’s Michael Barone. But what about the sentencing? (National Review)

“Talk about power: The gun lobby barely had to say a word before the media sent advocates of saner gun regulation shuffling off in defeat. . . In a political version of Stockholm syndrome, even those who claim to disagree with the National Rifle Association’s absolutist permissiveness on firearms lulled themselves into accepting the status quo by reciting a script of gutless resignation dictated by the merchants of death,” writes Brookings’ E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

“If our presidential candidates can’t say “boo” to the National Rifle Association, how will they ever stand up to China?” asks CAP’s Matt Miller. (Washington Post)

Romney struggles to distinguish his economic policies from Bush’s. (ThinkProgress)

“There are suggestions that at least some of Assad’s supposed stockpile may have come from Saddam Hussein’s frantic, eleventh-hour efforts in 2002 to hide his own arsenals of weapons of mass destruction in neighboring Syria. Various retired Iraqi military officers have alleged as much. Although the story was met with general neglect or scorn from the American media, the present U.S. director of national intelligence, James Clapper, long ago asserted his belief in such a weapons transfer,” writes Victor Davis Hanson. (National Review)

Manhattan Institute’s Mark Mills: “Imagine a future in which the United States abandons its tepid policy of inching toward energy “independence” and instead joins forces with Canada and Mexico to become the world’s largest energy exporter.” (Politico)

Hoover’s Peter Schweizer: No justice in Corzine case. (Washington Times)

Room for Debate asks: How can we prevent another Dust Bowl? (New York Times)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.


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