Super PACs should be accountable to the parties, forget bi-partisan Obama and more [AM Briefing]

Obama’s recent concession on super PACs and Restore Our Future sitting on $17 million from 60 donors means 2012 will be the most expensive election yet. What should be done? Repeal the rest of McCain-Feingold, writes PPI’s Lindsay Mark Lewis. (New York Times)

Obama bipartisan no more? “There have been some bipartisan victories on Obama’s watch, but he’s often been the partisan loser in such fights. For instance, Congress extended the Bush-era tax cuts, much to Obama’s dismay. And even on more clear-cut bipartisan victories — say, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, or the trade deals Obama delayed unnecessarily — there’s little evidence that Obama brought any opponents around to his position. The man just isn’t very persuasive,” writes AEI’s Jonah Goldberg. (National Review)

“Thanks to modern technology, resistance members in Syria last week had a secure conversation with some foreign-policy mavens in Washington. What they told us boils down to this: A revolution is under way. On one side is the dictator Bashar al-Assad, backed by Iran’s rulers, Hezbollah and Russia. On the other are ordinary Syrians facing bombs and bullets with the kind of courage exhibited in Tiananmen Square. Meanwhile, those who should be their allies dither,” writes Cliff May. (New York Post)

Manhattan Institute’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth: Uncle Sam can’t bail out states if he’s broke. (Washington Examiner)

Brookings’ Justin Vaisse: The sick man of Europe is Europe. (Foreign Policy)

No so sweet: The intricacies of big and little sugar. (In These 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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