Politico’s Arena asks: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on CNN yesterday morning that Democrats have a “very excellent chance” of taking back the House in November - pointing to Mitt Romney’s selection of running mate Paul Ryan as a “pivotal” moment in the campaign. The Democrats need to pick up 25 seats to win back the majority. Does it seem likely that the Democrats could retake the House?

“The Obama-Clinton alliance, formalized with Bill Clinton’s blockbuster speech at the Democratic National Convention, confirms what has often been played down: President Obama has chosen to build on Clinton’s legacy rather than abandon it,” writes Brookings’ E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

Maureen Dowd, neocons, anti-Semitism and a bunch of think tankers. (Politico)

Heritage’s James Carafano: Mayhem in Africa, incompetence in Washington. (Washington Examiner)

“As if the mess in the Middle East and North Africa weren’t enough, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrives in Asia this week to confront a region that’s fast becoming a powder keg, fueled by power shifts, territorial disputes and lots of bad history,” writes Heritage’s Peter Brookes. (New York Post)

Manhattan Institute’s Robert Bryce: The cost of wind energy jobs. (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: Should more prescription drugs be made available over the counter? How should regulators decide which drugs to approve, and which to keep restricted? (New York Times)