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Think Tanked
Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 05/23/2012

Iran’s new deal in P-5+1 Baghdad talks, Republicans can’t cut the budget either and more [AM Briefing]

The new deal with Iran:”Exit question: What happens when Iran doesn’t close the deal? Answer: America will offer more. Just watch,” writes AEI’s Danielle Pletka. (AEI)

“Wednesday’s meeting on Iran’s nuclear program will be a competition of fears. Who is sufficiently terrified of an atom bomb in Iranian hands to credibly threaten military action? Who fears the immediate economic consequences of Persian petroleum coming off the market more than the longer-term menace of a nuclear-armed state that supports terrorism? Who dreads above all else an Israeli preemptive strike?” write Reuel Marc Gerecht and Mark Dubowitz. (Washington Post)

CFR’s Peter Orszag on the budget: History shows U.S. can stimulate now, cut later. (Bloomberg)

“If Republicans are such great budget cutters, how come we continue to spend more, run more deficits, and accumulate more debt?” asks Cato’s Michael Tanner. (National Review)

“Congress and the White House cannot agree on anything budget-related -- not even on the question of whether the president’s 2013 proposed budget will raise or lower the deficit. The White House calculates its 2013 budget will reduce the deficit by $4 trillion, whereas the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the same budget will raise the deficit by $3.5 trillion,” writes Manhattan Institute’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth. (Washington Examiner)

“Team Romney should have seen this coming. If Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry were willing to rip Romney for being too capitalistic in the Republican primary, it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to expect that Obama and Vice President Joe Biden would happily do the same in the general election,” writes AEI’s Jonah Goldberg. (National Review)

Victor Davis Hanson says that coolness gives people like Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg an exemption to the rules everybody else abides by. (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: Can Euro bonds save the union? (New York Times)

Heritage’s Peter Brookes: A pathetic pact for safety on the seas. (New York Post)

Manhattan Institute’s James Copland: Justice Department may be in the next cubicle. (Bloomberg)

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