MIDDAY ROUNDUP

FROM THE BLOGS:
The Kobe Bryant theory of inequality - Ezra Klein
Congress is back (This week in Washington) - Brian Darling, RedState
Sen. Johanns and the '1099 problem' - Steve Benen, Political Animal
Obamacare bending up the cost curve - Peter Wehner, contentions
GOP perspective: 'Virtually everybody' is rich! - Joan McCarter, Daily Kos
Palin challenges Murkowski on write-in bid - Guy Benson, Townhall
Underpants gnome politics - Paul Rosenberg, Open Left
Goolsbee: Get used to high unemployment - Ed Morrissey, Hot Air
Security in Afghanistan crumbles - Derrick Crowe, firedoglake
Gibbs: Newt pandered to birthers - Christian Heinze, GOP12
High cost of Fed vacancies - Matthew Yglesias
The primaries are almost over - Jim Geraghty, Campaign Spot
Gingrich: Obama shows 'Kenyan, anticolonial behavior' - M. Shear, The Caucus
Is this why the stimulus didn't 'work'? - Derek Thompson, The Atlantic
Schumer emails for Maloney - Reid Pillifant, PolitickerNY

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Rangel: 'If I was a first-termer, it's all over' - The Hill
Dems shy away from ties to own party in ad war - New York Times
GOP comes out swinging against Tea Party in Delaware - Washington Post