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Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Israel and a nuclear ban, piecemeal interventionism in Syria and Obama’s pragmatism [AM Briefing]

Room for Debate asks: Should Israel accept a nuclear ban? (New York Times)

Foreign Affairs’ Jonathan Tepperman on piecemeal intervention in Syria: “Policy makers and advocacy groups have spent the past few weeks scrambling to come up with solutions. So far most of the discussion has focused on half-measures: arming the rebels or setting up opposition safe havens on Syria’s borders. Proponents of these policies argue that they will stop the bloodshed while allowing the United States and its allies to avoid another full-scale intervention so soon after Libya.” (New York Times)

“Obama has proved tough, disciplined and, overall, reasonably successful in addressing the nation’s immediate security challenges. One might call him a reluctant realist: Holding onto his idealistic visions and pursuing them where possible but adroitly shifting to tougher measures when necessary,” writes a Brookings trio. (Politico)

Politico’s Arena asks: Will the Koch brothers take Cato? Brookings’ Darrell West answers. So does Dean Baker.

Hoover’s Condoleezza Rice: The promise of Russia’s urban middle class. (Washington Post)

Hoover’s Timothy Garton Ash: “To recap, the son of a U.S. Cabinet member was held hostage by a regime to which the U.S. government gives more than $1.5 billion in aid.

His crime? Attempting to promote democracy. So why did Washington not react more strongly? Why was Uncle Sam standing up so gingerly for son Sam? Why was the Egyptian military tail wagging — not to say, taunting — the American dog? And why did McCain, that scourge of dictators, the man who recently told a Chinese vice foreign minister that “the Arab Spring is coming to China,” behave like Puss in Boots when it came to dealing with Egypt's military-dominated regime?” (LA Times)

Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks Super PAC blasts Orrin Hatch for debt limit increases Armey voted for (ThinkProgress)

“If you haven’t heard, we — and by “we,” I mean the guys in the lab coats in Detroit and Silicon Valley — are very close to having a completely automated automobile ready for the market. Driverless cars have been tested in numerous conditions. Audi even sent a four-wheeled robot to the top of Pikes Peak. Volvo has one that can let the “driver” read the newspaper on the way to work, even in busy city traffic. After a successful lobbying campaign by Google (which has logged thousands of hours with its self-driving cars), Nevada recently passed a sweeping robot-friendly law,” writes AEI’s Jonah Goldberg. (National Review)

The real photo-ID civil rights issue. (National Review)

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