Dana Milbank in The Washington Post on Obama's Ohio speech Milbank gives a bad review to President Obama's economic speech in Ohio. "[I]nstead of going to Ohio on Thursday with a compelling plan for the future, the president gave Americans a falsehood wrapped in a fallacy," Milbank writes. "The falsehood is that he has been serious about cutting government spending. The fallacy is that this election will be some sort of referendum that will break the logjam in Washington." Milbank doesn't support Republican solutions to our problems, but he says Obama should propose bolder ones rather than rehash tepid ideas.
Peggy Noonan in The Wall Street Journal on national security leaks Noonan recounts the many recent national security leaks in news stories and in David Sanger's new book. "It's a good thing our enemies can't read. Wait, they can! They can download all this onto their iPads at a café in Islamabad." She worries about the leaks' implications, wonders at their origins, and applauds Congress for investigating who is responsible. "One way to get at that is the classic legal question: Who benefits? That is not a mystery. In all these stories, it is the president and his campaign that benefit," she writes, adding that in most of them Obama comes across as "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer."