FROM THE BLOGS:
Should President Obama announce no prioritizing payments in the debt ceiling, or start minting platinum coins daily?
Mike Konczal at his blog Rortybomb highlights a Bipartisan Policy Center report on the debt ceiling.
Hagel critics disingenuous anti-gay charge
Berin Szoka at RealClearPolitics calls it a "stretch" for the Log Cabin Republicans to oppose former Sen. Chuck Hagel's (R-Neb.) nomination as secretary of Defense.
Jack Lew's signature isn't terrible — it's awesome
J.K. Trotter welcomes the prospect of seeing the White House chief of staff's signature on dollar bills. Read his Atlantic Wire post here.
Hilda Solis resigns
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis told colleagues she is resigning from her post. Solis's departure makes her the fifth member to leave the Obama administration, according to Dave Weigel.
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Biden: Obama prepared to take executive action on gun control
President Obama will likely take executive action to reduce gun violence, Vice President Biden said Tuesday according to The Hill's Amie Parnes.
Sen. Leahy turns down gavel for Defense spending subpanel
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) turned down the opportunity to chair a powerful subcommittee that handles defense spending, reports The Hill's Jeremy Herb.