FROM THE BLOGS:
Twilight of the middle class?
At Reuters, Chrystia Freeland analyzes a poll that found that 59 percent of people in the American middle class are worried of leaving that economic group in the next few years.
Freddie deBoer strongly criticizes a column by Matthew Yglesias on safety rules.
Hagel: 'Don't know' if sanctions against Iran will work
The Corner's Elania Johnson highlights comments Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel made about sanctions on Iran.
How tough it is in the low-wage economy
Adam Doster, writing at Chicago magazine's The 312 blog, explains the current legislative struggles in Illinois to raise the minimum wage.
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Gates joins forces with Zuckerberg
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is one of a number of technology executives joining Mark Zuckerberg's lobbying firm, according to The Hill's Jennifer Martinez.
House moves to avert helium shortage
Lawmakers in the House voted to prevent the closing of the Federal Helium Reserve, reports The Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath.