Is it the end for Herman Cain?, Iran has not ‘won’ Iraq and more [AM Briefing]

Is Herman Cain sunk or not? (National Review)

Contrary to what the Kagans and others have claimed, Iran is too weak to have won Iraq following a U.S. withdrawal, writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh. (Washington Post)

Brookings’ E.J. Dionne on what South Carolina has in store for the GOP? (Washington Post)

Is New Jersey giving a food company $80 million to create 9 jobs? (ThinkProgress)

If the Obama administration is serious about cutting the read tape for drug development: “Streamlining innovation begins with improving the FDA’s framework for evaluating the potential risks and benefits of new medicines -- and making it as transparent, predictable and science-based as possible,” writes Manhattan Institute’s Paul Howard. (Washington Examiner)

Room for Debate asks: Can Yahoo be Rescued? (New York Times)

How is possible to defend NYPD ticket fixing? (New York Daily News)

CFR’s Amity Shlaes “There are bad ideas, and there’s the proposal that economists from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) released Oct. 14. They suggested that the Federal Reserve Board target a nominal gross-domestic-product growth rate of 4.5 percent to decide how much money to inject into the economy. The econo- speak name for this practice is “NGDP targeting.” The question is whether that unlovely abbreviation makes it into mainstream English and becomes policy.” (Bloomberg)

Are Obama’s re-election chances plummeting? (AEI)

Victor Davis Hanson looks around at some of the 1 percenters. (National Review)

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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