Newt Gingrich and the ‘dark think tank world,’ Twitter and internet freedom and more [AM Briefing]

Newt Gingrich’s neocon ties from the “dark think tank world” are responsible for his Middle East policy. (Daily Beast)

“One of Barack Obama’s great attractions as a presidential candidate was his sensitivity to the feelings and intellectual concerns of religious believers. That is why it is so remarkable that he utterly botched the admittedly difficult question of how contraceptive services should be treated under the new health care law,” writes E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

CNAS’ Richard Fontaine: Twitter, democracy, and internet freedom. (TechCrunch)

The slow uptick in Obama’s approval rating has everything to do with what he isn’t saying, argues AEI’s Michael Barone. (National Review)

The state of union memberships. (Washington Examiner)

Let the markets determine our wars. (Washington Examiner)

Room for Debate asks: Is learning a language other than English a worthwhile investment? (New York Times)

James C. Capretta: We’re all abortionists now. (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 governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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