FROM THE BLOGS:
This is an era of permanent campaigning and economic stagnation, writes The Weekly Standard's Geoffrey Norman.
Red states getting redder
The American Prospect's Jamelle Bouie writes about how states like Alabama and Mississippi are becoming even more restrictive on abortion and same-sex marriage.
'Traditional marriage's' lamest defense
Kate Blanchard of Salon.com debunks one conservative's message against gay marriage.
BRAIN initiative gives a big check to sci-tech elite
Tim Cavanaugh of The Daily Caller believes a new expenditure on brain research is just another way for the administration to take credit for something it doesn't deserve.
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Christie applauds firing of abusive Rutgers coach
The Hill's Pete Kasperowicz reports the New Jersey governor supports the university's decision to fire the coach after the release of a controversial video.
Few senators sacrifice pay amid cuts
Only a small number of senators plan on donating a portion of their salary to charity per a recent budget amendment, The Hill's Russell Berman reports.