FROM THE BLOGS:
The president's Guantánamo comments
Benjamin Wittes at the Lawfare blog is "mystified" by President Obama's comments Thursday morning on closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay.
Why Penny Pritzker's Commerce secretary hearing won't be easy
Obama tapped Penny Pritzker to be the next secretary of Commerce Thursday morning. Carol Felsenthel, writing at her blog at Chicago magazine, writes that Prizker's confirmation won't be easy.
Yes, Ted Cruz could win the presidency
Jonathan Bernstein, writing at The Washington Monthly's Ten Miles Square blog, writes that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) could conceivably be elected president in 2016.
The missing rump
At his National Review blog, Reihan Salam responds to Ross Douthat's point that a small number of House Republicans oftentimes block the GOP from embracing certain policies.
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Ricin mailings spotlight letters' long path to Capitol
In light of the recent mailings of ricin-laced letters to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Gabriel Debenedetti of Reuters explains how the congressional mail process works.
Paul chief of staff moves to campaign role ahead of possible White House bid
Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) chief of staff is leaving the senator's congressional office to manage his campaign operation, The Hill's Alexandra Jaffe reports.