Scott Brown-Elizabeth Warren debate, foreign policy in 2012 and more [AM Briefing]

Scott Brown mum on Romney while Warren praises Obama during debate. (ThinkProgress)

“Foreign policy, usually the wallflower of U.S. elections, has taken center stage with the recent killings of American diplomats in Libya and the U.S. trade action against China over auto parts,” writes CAP’s Nina Hachigian. (Politico)

Room for Debate asks: How have presidents used executive power to get re-elected? Is this an abuse of power, or just the usual “incumbency advantage?” (New York Times)

Manhattan Institute’s Judith Miller: The Arab Winter Begins: “It is fitting -- and ironic -- that Salman Rushdie’s memoir of his life in hiding is being published this month. The book chronicles the “new, darker existence” forced on Rushdie after the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran issued a fatwa calling for his death for having written the novel ‘Satanic Verses.’” (Washington Examiner)

AEI’s Jonah Goldberg: Free speech isn’t the problem. (National Review)

Bloomageddon: “The final budget season of Mayor Mike’s reign is starting — and he’s going out the way he came in: Absent radical moves in the next nine months, the next mayor will face permanent multibillion-dollar deficits — the same outlook Bloomberg faced 11 years ago, taking office in the wake of 9/11,” writes Manhattan Institute’s Nicole Gelinas. (New York Post)

Cato’s Randal O’Toole: Amtrak Shrugged. (Cato)

Richard Fontaine and Daniel Twining: Don’t give up on India. (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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