Is President Obama as cool with young voters as he was in 2008? (National Review)

“Inspired by President Obama’s cheap election-year politicking, Congress has launched into a frenzied, bipartisan panderfest over the Stafford loan program. Late last week, an emotional House speaker John Boehner led House Republicans to vote for an Obama-proposed giveaway he’d denounced just a few days previously,” writes AEI’s Fred Hess. (National Review)

Politico’s Arena asks: Will bin Laden mean brownie points for Obama? Heritage’s James Carafano responds. (Politico)

The VFW and their allies are making baseless claims about the Obama administration’s plans for service members’ salary and benefits, say CAP’s Lawrence Korb, Alex Rothman and Max Hoffman. (Politico)

E.J. Dionne:Little Connecticut’s big message on the death penalty. (Washington Post)

Room for Debate asks: Are banks making too much money from fees? (New York Times)

Victor Davis Hanson on the investor protests: “We recently saw lots of sit-down strikes and demonstrations — the various efforts in Wisconsin, the Occupy movements, and student efforts to oppose tuition hikes. None of them mattered much or changed anything. There is a sit-down strike, however, that has paralyzed the country and has been largely ignored by the media.” (National Review)

The CIA’s misuse of secrecy. (New York Times)

AEI’s Desmond Lachman: “On Sunday, May 6, most eyes will be focused on the second round of the French presidential election, which is all too likely to see Francois Hollande win the French presidency. However, significant as the French election might be, equally important for Europe will be the Greek parliamentary election scheduled for the very same day. The Greek election could very well deliver a Greek government with the slenderest of parliamentary majorities, which could make it very difficult for Greece to honor its official debt obligations and to remain within the Eurozone.” (AEI)

And Jim Pethokoukis says it’s time for Europe’s tax cut. (AEI)

AEI’s Michael Auslin: Lessons from Byzantium. (National Review)