FROM THE BLOGS:
RedState.com's John Hayward ruminates on the deficit and why more Americans aren't questioning the nation's growth in spending.
Caltrans relents: memorial to include American flag, 'United States'
Jeffrey Anderson of The Weekly Standard sees the fight for a private memorial as indicative of larger, national problems.
The Republicans and Medicare
Mark Halperin of Time's The Page blog argues that Republicans continue to have an "inconsistent" message on Medicare.
The Powerless Presidency
The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza examines the scope of President Obama's power, and the inevitable truth that a productive Congress is one dominated by a single party.
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
White House cancels tours due to sequester
The White House has canceled tours citing sequester cuts, according to The Hill's Amie Parnes.
Obama reaching out to Republican lawmakers on budget deal
The president has begun phoning a number of prominent Republican senators, The Hill's Justin Sink reports.