MIDDAY ROUNDUP

FROM THE BLOGS:
START treaty and GOP path dependency - Jonathan Chait
Debt dynamics - Matthew Yglesias
Education and the new federalism - Jon Taplin, TPMCafé
Swing voters, you suck. Love, the White House - C. Bowers, Open Left
The Ground Zero gay bar - Kevin Drum, Mother Jones
Best of Rand Paul headlines - DemFromCT, Daily Kos
Lame duck hypocrisy - Tanya Somanader, ThinkProgress
Gates' preemptive strike - Logan Penza, The Moderate Voice
Best anti-Obama ad...from an Indiana Dem - Jim Geraghty, Campaign Spot
OH Dems attack Kasich for helping children - Erick Erickson, RedState
'Deficit of hope' - Warner Todd Huston, Right Wing News
House breaks vacation to spend more - Brian Blase, The Foundry
Deficit problem? What deficit problem? - Ed Morrissey, Hot Air
Unemployment creates jobs - Katie Pavlich, Townhall
Missiles and mere words - Gabriel Schoenfeld, Weekly Standard

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Top Dems have Kaine's back - The Hill
Ex-senator believed to be in Alaska plane crash - New York Times
Gates: Pentagon to slash thousands of jobs - Washington Post