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Mitt Romney sounds corny, moving on Iran and more [AM Briefing]

“Why does Mitt Romney sound so corny?,” asks AEI’s Michael Barone. (National Review)

Mitt Romney’s “life-long politician” comment playing out. (MSNBC)

Council on Foreign Relations’ Max Boot on Iran: “The Islamic Republic has been attacking the West, and in particular the United States, since the day of its birth. A central feature of the 1979 revolution, after all, was the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The resulting hostage crisis allowed Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to consolidate power and drove out more moderate leaders. This is the direct inspiration for Tuesday’s storming of the British Embassy in Tehran. If violating diplomatic immunity worked once, why not again?” (LA Times)

How taxes drive down home values (National Review)

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

Room for Debate asks: What should the Fed do next? (New York Times)

Barney Frank and Radoslaw Sikorski have bluntness in common. (Washington Post)

“Gov. Cuomo, under enormous pressure from public-employee unions and Democrats in the Legislature to extend New York’s “millionaires’ tax,” is considering at least some higher taxes on higher incomes. The big irony here is that much of the money raised from any “millionaire” tax hikes would go to fund the growing phenomenon of public-sector millionaires,” writes Manhattan Institute’s Lawrence Mone. (New York Post)

Matt Miller’s primer on the European crisis (Washington Post)

Why public schools crumble, and why another $30 billion won’t change that. (Cato)

Hoover’s Victor Davis Hanson compares Afghanistan and Iraq surges and concludes they’re not the same. “In other words, simply adding more troops and changing tactics might not have been the entire story of success in Iraq. A surge alone in Afghanistan likewise may not so easily turn things around without other such positive developments.” (National Review)

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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