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Posted at 07:42 AM ET, 04/19/2012

Mitt Romney might go ‘double-vanilla’ on vice president pick, Obama administration’s meltdown [AM Briefing]

Will Mitt Romney go with a “double-vanilla” ticket? The focus on how Romney should balance the ticket with a vice presidential candidate who is unlike himself in most every way ignores one distinct possibility: he might choose another white male. (National Review)

“Instead of fighting a phony mommy war over what Hilary Rosen said about Ann Romney, we should face the fact that most families these days cannot afford to have one parent stay home with the kids. This is not about “lifestyle” or “values.” This is an economic struggle highlighting yet again the social costs arising from decades of stagnating or declining wages and growing income inequality,” writes Brookings’ E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

Victor Davis Hanson says the Obama administration is on the verge of a total meltdown: When administrations implode. (National Review)

CFR’s Elliott Abrams on the Egyptian elections: “The rules governing this contest might strike a foreigner as bizarre. Shafik, for example, left the Air Force in 2002 and served as prime minister for only four weeks. He was Mubarak’s minister of civil aviation for nine years — but Amre Moussa served as Mubarak’s foreign minister for ten years (not to mention that, as head of the Arab League for ten years, selected by Egypt, he was not exactly in rebellion against Mubarak). A law that says Shafik is irreparably tarred by association with Mubarak while Moussa is a model of democratic probity is ridiculous.” (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: Do wealthy colleges deserve their tax breaks? (New York Times)

“In the coming months, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych must choose between consolidating power through undemocratic means and advancing his nation’s European aspirations. By ending selective prosecutions, pardoning imprisoned political leaders without conditions, and ensuring free and fair elections this fall, Yanukovych could become the leader who anchors Ukraine to Europe. If he fails to do so, he will be yet another politician to disappoint Ukrainians,” writes Atlantic Council’s Damon Wilson. (Washington Post)

CAP’s Matt Miller: Who’s campaign is it, anyway? (Washington Post)

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