Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CUTTING EDGE: New Ideas, Sharp Opinions [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CUTTING EDGE: New Ideas, Sharp Opinions [Derived Headline]

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BLOWING THE CIA'S COVER

Dana Milbank in The Washington Post: "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.

"The purpose of Wednesday's hearing ... was to examine security lapses that led to the killing in Benghazi last month of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others. But in doing so, the lawmakers reminded us why 'congressional intelligence' is an oxymoron.

"Through their outbursts, cryptic language and boneheaded questioning of State Department officials, the committee members left little doubt that one of the two compounds at which the Americans were killed, described by the administration as a 'consulate' and a nearby 'annex,' was a CIA base. They did this, helpfully, in a televised public hearing."

MALALA VS. MADRASSAS

Nicholas D. Kristof in The New York Times on the Taliban's shooting of Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani advocate for educating girls: "One of my greatest frustrations when I travel to Pakistan is that I routinely spot extremist madrassas, or schools, financed by medieval misogynists from Saudi Arabia or elsewhere. They provide meals, free tuition and sometimes scholarships to lure boys -- because their donors understand perfectly that education shapes countries. In contrast, U.S. aid is mainly about supporting the Pakistani army. We have tripled aid to Pakistani education to $170 million annually, and that's terrific. But that's less than one- tenth of our security aid to Pakistan."

FIX MEDICAID NOW

Paul Howard and Russell Sykes in The Wall Street Journal: "Medicaid, America's safety-net program for more than 62 million low- income uninsured Americans, is broken. It's broken at the state level, where program costs are swamping state budgets. It's broken for federal taxpayers, as Medicaid waste, fraud and abuse drain tens of billions of dollars from federal coffers every year. And, most important, it's broken for the millions of families who can't find doctors willing to accept Medicaid's rock-bottom reimbursements. Fixing the Medicaid safety net must be a priority of the next administration and Congress. …

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