Obama’s spending: Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which president is the biggest spender of all? (Cato)

Are Romney and Obama competing for the austerity prize? (TPM)

Heritage’s Michael Franc: Is the Constitution a Republican plot? (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: How should the U.S. support returning veterans? (New York Times)

Manhattan Institute’s Paul Howard says life sciences will be one of the ways the U.S. stays a leader in the world: “This is the good news for American patients and companies, since the United States is the long-standing global leader in fields like biotechnology and drug development. The bad news is that U.S. dominance in the life sciences is now threatened by an outdated regulatory system at the Food and Drug Administration.” (Washington Examiner)

Brookings’ Tamara Cofman Wittes and Stephen Grand preview the 2012 U.S.-Islamic World Forum, in Doha, Qatar: