“Both President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney regularly talk about the needs of our military men and women. Yet they are not addressing a serious military issue — access to reproductive care for military women. . . Military women do not have coverage for abortion care, including in cases of rape and incest. Yet 52 military women are raped every day, according to the Pentagon, and hundreds of female soldiers are at risk of becoming pregnant from rape each year,” write CAP’s Larry Korb and Jessica Arons. (Politico)

Politico's Arena asks: Why is Obama losing veterans? Is Obama’s work as president - including the killing of Osama bin Laden - not enough to sustain this voting group? Why is Romney more appealing to veterans, or is this an example of the GOP’s historic advantage with this group? Heritage’s James Carafano answers.

“Ask most Americans about the big-spending government policies of the last few years, and they will tell you the programs have failed. In a February 2012 poll from the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, 66 percent of Americans said the federal government is having a negative impact on the way things are going in this country (versus 22 percent who say the impact is positive). A majority disapproves of the president’s 2009 stimulus, and according to a 2010 CNN poll, about three-quarters of Americans believe the money was mostly wasted,” writes AEI’s Arthur Brooks. (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: Accusing the United States of meddling in its internal affairs, the Putin government has ordered an end to American aid for democracy advocates and other groups in Russia. The goal of the aid seems commendable: encouraging greater freedom. But Russia and other nascent democracies like Egypt say such efforts inject the United States into local politics.Is it proper and useful for the United States to finance such projects? (New York Times)

Maris Porges: Dead men share no secrets. (New York Times)

Cato’s Gene Healy: Down with politics. (Washington Examiner)

Victor Davis Hanson: President Ethelred. (National Review)