Room for Debate asks: What happened to the Tea Party? (New York Times)

“Recent polls put President Obama and Mitt Romney neck and neck in the race for the White House, which means that American Jews will play a pivotal role in the election — as will every other group, to the extent that groups, not individuals, cast votes...How will Jews decide whom to support?” ask Samuel Abrams and Steven Cohen. (New York Daily News)

“These days, there is a degree of openness in both Israel and Turkey to the idea of reconciliation. However, there are still tensions between the parties, especially because of recent Turkish indictments against senior Israelis involved in the June 2010 flotilla episode — during which Israeli commandos attempting to enforce the Gaza blockade boarded a Turkish vessel, leading to a melee in which nine Turks were killed and many others, including Israeli soldiers, were injured. A rapprochement will therefore probably require American mediation, “ write Michael Herzog and Soner Cagaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. (New York Times)

“What’s up with the white-working-class vote? For years, the horny-handed blue-collar worker was the star of the New Deal Democratic coalition. It was for him, and his wife and family, that Democrats taxed the rich, invented Social Security, and supported militant labor unions,” writes AEI’s Michael Barone. (National Review)

Victor Davis Hanson: Greece alone and broke — again. (National Review)

Brookings’ E.J. Dionne: “If the United States were still governed under the Articles of Confederation, might California be in the position of Greece, Spain or Italy?...After all, California has a major budget crisis and all sorts of difficulties governing itself. Its initiative system allows voters to mandate specific forms of spending and to limit tax increases and also make them harder to enact. Absent a strong federal government with the power to offset the impact of the recession and the banking crisis, how would California fare in a global financial system?” (Washington Post)

New York’s $57.71 an hour summer job. (New York Post)