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Mandatory voting in the U.S., Koch vs. Cato no more, euro lessons for the U.S. and more [AM Briefing]

What if we made voting mandatory? “The U.S. prides itself as the beacon of democracy, but it’s very likely no U.S. president has ever been elected by a majority of American adults,” writes CFR’s Peter Orszag. (Bloomberg)

Koch brothers, Cato Institute reach settlement. (Washington Post)

AEI’s John Bolton on “For America, as for Europe, the consequences of Sunday’s elections in Greece and France are likely to be profound. Voters in the two Eurozone countries not only charted their own near-term political futures, but provided lessons for US voters in our rapidly approaching November contests.” (New York Post)

Victor Davis Hanson: “The next five months should be interesting — given that Barack Obama is now experiencing something entirely unique in his heretofore stellar career: widespread criticism of his performance and increasing weariness with his boilerplate and his teleprompted eloquence.” (National Review)

Estonia’s austerity measures as a model? “As Greece, and now Spain and Italy, struggle with the crushing burden of debt brought on by the modern welfare state, perhaps we should shift our gaze some 1,200 miles north to see how austerity can actually work,” writes Cato’s Michael Tanner. (National Review)

Politico’s Arena asks: Would the former Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota governor and 2012 presidential candidate, be a good choice as Romney’s understudy? (Politico)

Room for Debate asks: Are social media part of a long-term shift in how people interact, like the telephone? Or, especially after Facebook’s worrisome I.P.O., do these networks look like a fad that will become less attractive the longer it lasts? (New York Times)

Manhattan Institute’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth: Tips for teenage entrepreneurs. (Washington Examiner)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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