Politico’s Arena asks: Are Sarah Palin, Ron Paul and Donald Trump a convention nightmare? Brookings’ Darrell West answers.

Manhattan Institute’s Nicole Gelinas: Pension tension and the crime spike. (New York Post)

“It’s good that conservatives are finally taking seriously the problems of inequality and declining upward mobility. It’s unfortunate that they often evade the ways in which structural changes in the economy, combined with conservative policies, have made matters worse,” writes E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

AEI’s Michael Barone: Like charter schools, Britain’s academies aim high. (National Review)

CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies Christopher K. Johnson shares his thoughts on Chinese corporations and the future of competitiveness: