Mitt Romney’s Afghanistan balancing act, but where is Romney on Asia? [AM Briefing]

The difficulties of Mitt Romney’s Afghanistan criticism: “[Romney] doesn’t want to own this war in the event he gets elected, but by the same token he can’t look like he’s advocating a precipitous withdrawal for all sorts of reasons, including alienating the Republican base, and yet he cannot take the same position as the president,” said Stephen Biddle, a military expert at the Council on Foreign Relations. “It’s difficult to square the circle and meet all those constraints at the same time.” (New York Times)

Alex Seitz-Wald: Real Americans tell Mitt Romney it may be ‘necessary’ to raise their taxes. (ThinkProgress)

Politico’s Arena asks: Can Mitt Romney shrug off the Ted Nugent tirade? CAP’s Daniella Gibbs Leger answers. So does Brookings’ Darrell West.

CNAS’ Patrick Cronin has 10 questions for Mitt Romney and President Obama on Asia. (CNN)

Jonah Goldberg: Obama’s problem? His record. (National Review)

“Last week, the Altarum Institute, a research organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, reported that the moderation in the growth of health-care costs we have seen over the past few years is continuing: Total health spending rose by less than 4 percent from February 2011 to February 2012. And it’s encouraging to see the progress that doctors, hospitals and other providers are making to improve the value of care -- by cutting back on unnecessary procedures, for example, expanding their use of information technology, and switching from fee-for- service to compensation schemes aimed at maximizing the quality of treatment,” writes CFR’s Peter Orszag. (Bloomberg)

A preview of Mackenzie Eaglen’s testimony before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee this afternoon: Navy’s 30 year shipbuilding plan doesn’t add up in Asia. (AEI)

Room for Debate asks: Is veganism good for everyone? (New York Times)

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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