MIDDAY ROUNDUP

FROM THE BLOGS:
This week in Congress - David Waldman, Congress Matters
Thumbs down on Sestak's 'shut up' strategy - J. Rubin, contentions
Lie of the day - Steve Benen, Political Animal
The trouble with meritocracy - Ross Douthat
Hillary's mango diplomacy in Pakistan - Andrew Quinn, Front Row
Superbill! - Ezra Klein
To my friends in the Tea Party - Rick Moran, Right Wing Nut House
Can't wait to see this - David Kurtz, TalkingPointsMemo
The Republican establishment speaks - Jesse Walker, Hit & Run
Biden hedges on Afghan withdrawal date - David Dayden, firedoglake
Famous last words? - Matthew Continetti, Weekly Standard
Palin takes on Islam and the English language - Jonathan Chait
D.C. elites pretty happy about Obama - Ed Morrissey, Hot Air
Unemployment insurance strikes back - Derek Thompson, The Atlantic
Dem incumbents have fundraising cushion - Reid Wilson, Hotline On Call

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
BP tensions shadow Cameron's first White House visit - The Hill
Obama gains evangelical allies on immigration - New York Times
GOP candidates stiff mainstream press - Washington Post