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Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 08/08/2012

Romney vs. Obama campaign ads, comparative class warfare and more [AM Briefing]

Politico’s Arena asks: Does Obama’s Bain ad go too far? CEPR’s Dean Baker answers.

“President Obama has created a firestorm by overturning the work requirements of the popular 1996 welfare-reform law. Now his White House is bristling because Mitt Romney dares to point out that fact on the stump and in a new campaign ad,” writes Heritage’s Robert Rector. (National Review)

“What’s the best way of trashing Mitt Romney’s tax plan? In these days of class warfare, it’s to say his plan would result in tax cuts for high-income earners but tax increases for everyone else,” writes Manhattan Institute’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth. (Washington Examiner)

Bring back Build America Bonds: “The unemployment rate remains stuck at more than 8 percent. More investment in roads, water systems, airports and other public infrastructure would bring both short- and long-term benefits. And state and local governments face ongoing deficits. So wouldn’t it be great if we could design an efficient way to channel tax subsidies to state and local governments to invest in infrastructure?” writes CFR’s Peter Orszag. (Bloomberg)

AEI’s Jonah Goldberg: The GOP and the Latino vote. (National Review)

What the U.S. should do in Syria: “The United States has a window to facilitate an orderly transition in Syria without deploying military force. But the window is narrowing — and the Obama administration will need to adjust its political strategy to succeed,” writes Zalmay Khalilzad (Washington Post)

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