Removing Syria’s Assad not worth it, securing the Latino vote and more [AM Briefing]

Victor Davis Hanson says removing Syria’s Bashar al-Assad is a good idea not worth going through. (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: What role will the Hispanic vote have in this presidential election? What are Obama and Romney’s strengths and weaknesses among Latino voters, and how can they secure that vote? (New York Times)

Michael Barone argues that if you live in a political cocoon, it’s so much harder for conservatives: But cocooning has an asymmetrical effect on liberals and conservatives. Even in a cocoon, conservatives cannot avoid liberal mainstream media, liberal Hollywood entertainment, and, these days, the liberal Obama administration. (National Review)

Raising national fuel-efficiency standards to an average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 could spur economic growth, help American families, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect our national security, writes Bipartisan Policy Center’s Sherwood Boehlert. (Politico)

Brookings’ E.J. Dionne: The battle among Catholic bishops. (Washington Post)

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 and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.


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