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Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 06/11/2012

Is Obama ‘doing fine’? Bolton on Syria and more [AM Briefing]

Politico’s Arena asks: Can the president’s personal approval ratings offset bad economic numbers, a problem he compounded on Friday with his gaffe that the private sector economy is “doing fine”? Brookings’ Darrell West answers. So does CEPR’s Dean Baker.

AEI’s John Bolton on Syria: Accordingly, regime change in Syria is prima facie in America’s interest as well as the interests of Israel and our Arab friends in the region, who see nothing but danger for themselves if Iran’s hegemonic ambitions unfold successfully. Why Republicans and Democrats alike have coddled Syria’s tyrants over the years is extraordinarily difficult to understand. Of course, as with overthrowing Saddam Hussein and Moammar Qaddafi, there is the question of what will replace a concededly distasteful regime. And today, that uncertainty is a major factor constraining our options for dealing with Syria’s conflict. (National Review)

Virginia lawmaker says ‘sea level rise’ is a ‘left wing term,’ excises it from state report on coastal flooding. (ThinkProgress)

AEI’s Michael Barone: A good day for the GOP in Wisconsin and California. (National Review)

Heritage’s James Carafano has a four-step plan for putting NATO on the right track. (Washington Examiner)

RAND’s Deborah Cohen: Bloomberg right that portion control work. (USA Today)

Manhattan Institute’s Robert Bryce: Ban natural gas! No, ban coal! (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: Should doctors prescribe fewer stimulants for teenagers, to try to limit the number of young people abusing drugs like Adderall and Ritalin? Or would that only increase the risk of underdiagnosis and undertreatment for teenagers who have attention problems? (New York Times)

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