Gary E. MacDougal in The New York Times on helping the poor The issue of poverty is "crying out for serious debate," and Paul Ryan's block grant Medicaid proposal resembles a middle path that could be applied to poverty programs. Americans spend nearly $1 trillion a year helping the poor. But the programs are too fragmented and wasteful. Liberal mindset of spending more and conservative mindset of cutting more doesn't work. "We need a third way."
Ezra Klein in Bloomberg View on campaign hope and promise While Romney can invoke hope because he's never been president, Obama, as an incumbent, cautiously avoids promising too much. "Obama strategists think the American people are done with sweeping promises and transformative rhetoric," Klein writes. "Obama has to run a more humble campaign, his strategists contend, because he must show that he has been tempered by experience and realism."
Dana Milbank in The Washington Post on the CIA in Benghazi Some confusion erupted over whether satellite images of a CIA annex in Benghazi were classified or not in an Oversight and Government Reform Committee meeting. "When House Republicans called a hearing in the middle of their long recess, you knew it would be something big, and indeed it was: They accidentally blew the CIA’s cover."