Vetting Herman Cain, Iran’s nuclear problem and more [AM Briefing]

On why Herman Cain isn’t sunk with the GOP: “If party bosses were still vetting the candidates in smoke-filled rooms, they would have reached an obvious conclusion: Cain is in no way qualified to be president. He has many admirable qualities, but he does not have the knowledge or the experience to lead the country. Even his campaign fails every basic test of competence. Except one — that he has been rising in the polls. What’s that about?” write Third Way’s Bill Schneider and Nancy Hirst. (Politico)

The claim that Stuxnet gave the West more time on the Iranian nuclear threat is “divorced from reality,” writes Stephen Rademaker and Blaise Misztal of the Bipartisan Policy Center. (Washington Post)

AEI’s Michael Rubin on the Iranian nuclear issue. (National Review)

Executive privilege claim ahead on Solyndra (Washington Examiner)

In a Sunday op-ed, Brookings scholar William Galston made the case for mandatory voting. Room for Debate takes on some of the finer points. (New York Times)

Cato’s Michael Tanner claims to have found the real 1 percenters, but does it change the Occupy Wall Street concerns? (New York Post)

AEI’s Jonah Goldberg blames Tom Brokaw for the tone in today’s politics. (LA Times)

What’s wrong with the Stop Online Piracy Act? (Cato)

Hoover’s Daniel Pipes says we’re friendless in the Middle East. (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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