Looking ahead to Iowa
No potential presidential candidates have officially announced they are running for the White House, indicating that the 2012 campaign could be shorter than the lengthy 2008 race to succeed George W. Bush. Alexandra Moe writes more at First Read

The deficit commission's plan and balancing the budget
President Obama's fiscal commission did a poor job of developing a solution to bring down the nation's debt. Namely, it raises spending in the short-term and turns a blind eye to most entitlement spending, Veronique de Rugy says on The Corner

If not now, when?
The time has never been better to repeal the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy against gays in the military, which makes a potential delay all the more puzzling to The Plum Line's Greg Sargent

How WikiLeaks is wrecking everything
The most recent round of document dumps by the online group WikiLeaks have not been as popular with the American left because they target benevolent diplomats, Dave Weigel says. 


Democratic leaders to press Obama to take tough line on tax cuts
Top Congressional Democrats huddled with President Obama Monday afternoon to let him know that they would not serve as a rubber stamp for just any tax cut deal the White House brokers with Republicans, our Russell Berman reports

Retiring Sen. Voinovich to oppose any extension of Bush era tax cuts
Outgoing GOP Sen. George Voinovich is prepared to break with his colleagues on the issue of renewing the expiring tax cuts if Congress does not address comprehensive tax reform, Felicia Sonmez writes at the Washington Post

Supreme Court agrees to hear Wal-Mart bias case appeal
The case is the largest sex discrimination case in history and could determine the future of class-action suits in the U.S., according to the New York Times's Adam Liptak.

Gates pessimistic U.S. Senate will end gay ban
The Pentagon chief thinks the clock will run out on a repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell," Agence-France Presse reports.