Politico’s Arena asks: Mitt Romney dodged reporters’ questions yesterday asking what he might do with federal funding for FEMA as president. During a 2011 primary debate, Romney supported the idea of cutting federal disaster aid, allowing states to take a bigger role, but campaign aides say he wouldn’t abolish the agency. Meanwhile, an August report shows that his running mate Paul Ryan’s House-passed budget would take a chunk out of state disaster aid. Ryan’s plan would slice nondefense discretionary funding by 22 percent starting in 2014. About one-third of that money goes to state aid, including disaster response. Is Romney damaging himself during this time of recovery by failing to address his disaster aid position? Or is he playing his cards right by staying silent on the issue?
Hurricane Sandy superstorm moves on, leaving devastation behind in N.Y., N.J. (Washington Post)
Room for Debate asks: With the Northeast contemplating the huge response that will be needed to recover from Hurricane Sandy, there’s been a bit of a fuss over Gov. Mitt Romney’s suggestion, during a Republican primary debate last year, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s responsibilities be given to the states and private companies. He acknowledged a need for FEMA on Tuesday, but his position last year was not unique. Should the states and private companies, take over FEMA’s responsibilities for disaster recovery? (New York Times)
Obama, Hurricane Sandy and Election Day: “For a day at least, Hurricane Sandy appears to have done for President Obama what he has not been able to do for himself. In a campaign notable mostly for its negativity, the historic storm provided Obama with a commander-in-chief moment a week before Election Day. The president gained a rare moment of bipartisan praise, with Democratic and Republican governors alike commending the performance of the federal government. And the storm put on pause, for now, the sense that rival Mitt Romney had all the momentum in the home stretch.” (Washington Post)
A flooded-out economy: “To understand how much subway and rail lines matter, you didn’t have to wait for Sandy. Sunday morning, before the storm hit, Gov. Cuomo announced the MTA would shut down by 7 p.m. — only the second time ever for weather reasons (the first was Hurricane Irene, last year). One by one, Manhattan’s stores and restaurants turned out the lights. Tourist haunts like the Rockefeller rink were shuttered by dusk,” writes Manhattan Institute’s Nicole Gelinas. (New York Post)
Manhattan Institute’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth: Bogus AAUW study perpetuates wage gap myths. (Washington Examiner)
CFR’s Peter Orszag: A tax refund that could help Congress over cliff. (Bloomberg)
AEI’s Jonah Goldberg: The mysterious media Benghazi bugout. (New York Post)