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Recess appointments, defense cuts, Santorum’s win and more [AM Briefing]

President Obama’s recess appointments are “more than an unconstitutional attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advise-and-consent role. It is a breathtaking violation of the separation of powers and the duty of comity that the executive owes to Congress” write Heritage’s Ed Meese and Todd Gaziano. (Washington Post)

Obama’s recess appointments are moving imperial presidency to dangerous new level, says Manhattan Institute’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth. (Washington Examiner)

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a man whose political success is largely attributable to the aura of befuddled incompetence he uses to disarm his adversaries, was a failed Watergate baby,” writes Jonah Goldberg. (National Review)

“Let me translate the Pentagon report into English: The administration is going to gut the Army and Marine Corps, while hitting the Navy and Air Force less (for now). The “strategy” basically says, We have a four-legged stool; we’re going to cut off two legs,” writes Heritage’s James Carafano. (New York Post)

And Brookings’ Michael O’Hanlon writes: “The one-war paradigm is not a prescription for cutting the Army and Marine Corps by a third or more. Cuts in force structure and personnel should not exceed 15 to 20 percent, relative to current levels, and could be made only gradually, after the Afghanistan campaign winds down. Ten-year savings would reach perhaps $150 billion. That is much of the roughly $400 billion mandated by the August provisions of the Budget Control Act but hardly a dent in the (ill-advised) nearly trillion-dollar target required by sequestration.” (Washington Post)

Iowa caucus vote counter says Santorum won, claims typo gave Romney 20 extra votes (ThinkProgress)

AEI’s Nick Schulz makes the case for Scott Walker. (USA Today)

Room for Debate asks: Should noncitizens who live in America be allowed to donate to U.S. elections? What are the ramifications for U.S. politics? (New York Times)

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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