Mitt Romney confronted a new distraction Monday when a video surfaced that shows him dismissing President Obama’s supporters as people who take no responsibility for their livelihoods and who think they are entitled to government handouts. (Washington Post)

Mitt Romney stands by controversial comments, claims he says the same thing in public. (ThinkProgress)

Politico’s Arena asks: Are Americans victims? A video leaked yesterday shows Mitt Romney describing a large group of Americans as “people who pay no income tax” and are “dependent upon government.”  Those voters would likely support President Obama, Romney said, because they believe they are “victims” who are “entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.” Are these comments damaging to Romney?  Or will they get lost in the mix as the election draws closer? Cato’s Roger Pilon answers.

“The anti-American violence spreading across the Middle East is not, as some suggest, blowback for President Obama supporting the overthrow of friendly dictators — irresponsibly pushing out autocrats who kept a lid on the forces of Islamic radicalism. The current unrest is indeed a result of Obama’s feckless policies in the Middle East — but overthrowing dictators is not one of them,” writes AEI’s Marc Thiessen. (Washington Post)

Room for Debate asks: Are college students’ evaluations of their instructors a useful way to assess professors? What might be more effective? (New York Times)

Cato’s Gene Healy: The unholy spirit of presidential activism. (Washington Examiner)