Room for Debate asks: Why aren’t public officials addressing the concerns of the Occupy protesters? (New York Times)

CAP’s Larry Korb points out that DoD is not a jobs plan, “So when an Aerospace Industries Association study — supported, unfortunately, by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) — attempts to warn Congress and the American people that cutting projected defense spending by as much as $1 trillion over the next decade, which might happen if sequestration takes effect, could cost 1 million jobs, the appropriate response is that this is irrelevant.” (Politico)

When Newt joined AEI. (Washington Post)

Public money would beat big money in elections. (New York Times)

The rundown on today’s think tank events. (Washington Post)

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. remembers Fred Ikle. (Washington Times)

Brookings’ E.J. Dionne says $7.1 billion can be cut from the deficit by doing nothing. (Washington Post)

“Seemingly out of nowhere, however, 2011 has become the Year of the Voucher. Legislatures in 12 states -- as well as the U.S. Congress, which saved D.C.’s voucher program from annihilation at the last minute -- have either adopted new voucher policies or expanded existing programs,” writes Manhattan Institute’s Marcus Winters. (Washington Examiner)

Why does America defend small countries? (National Review)

But does Obama anger countries abroad? (National Review)

Cato’s Chris Edwards’ testimony in a nutshell. (Cato)

Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the leading contender to take over City Hall in 2013, is attacking the core principles of welfare reform. Would a Quinn mayoralty return New York City to its former status as the nation’s dependency capital? (New York Post)