Iran’s plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador and Obama’s policy, Michael McFaul, Steve Jobs and more [AM Briefing]

The Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador means it’s time for Obama to come up with a new policy toward Iran, says AEI’s Michael Rubin. (New York Daily News)

And Carnegie’s James Acton says it’s time to call Iran’s bluff its nuclear program. (LA Times)

Michael McFaul hearing to become the next U.S. ambassador to Russia is today and there’s no shortage of reason why he should be confirmed. (Washington Post)

AEI’s Jesse Blumenthal argues that technology only brings us closer to the organizations that devise campaigns and not the candidates themselves--and there’s a cost to that. (Politico)

Steve Jobs as the government? (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: Are voters looking for an isolationist? (New York Times)

Is Obama taking us back to the days of Carter? (New York Post)

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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