FROM THE BLOGS:
Senate Reform 101: The case against the constitutional option
Gregory Kroger at The Washington Monthly makes the case against senators changing their chamber's rules on the first legislative day of Congress.
The gun control bubble pops
Evidence suggests the White House has been trying to lower the bar on what it could achieve on gun reform, writes Jonathan S. Tobin at Commentary.
Through a glass darkly
Nobody seems to agree with what's wrong with "Zero Dark Thirty," David Cole writes at Foreign policy.
Fracking industry calls foul on EPA extension
Jillian Kay Melchior at The Corner reports on the Environmental Protection Agency extending its period for public comments on a new report on franking.
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Senate Dems: We'll back Obama if he raises debt limit unilaterally
Senate Democrats say they will support President Obama if he decides to increase the debt limit unilaterally, reports The Hill's Alexander Bolton.
Kirsten Gillibrand and the Hagel lobby
Chuck Hagel, Obama's nominee for secretary of Defense, reached out to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand earlier in the week, according to Capital New York's Reid Pillifant.