The big picture (Senate side) - Josh Marshall, TalkingPointsMemo
State/local budget crises, real and imagined - Matthew Yglesias
Gallup: Americans really distrust the media - Ed Morrissey, Hot Air
Baucus wants to probe advocacy groups - W. Teach, Right Wing News
'Off the wall' - Steve Benen, Political Animal
Could Obama have done more to change Washington? - Ezra Klein
GOP sees three Va. challengers leading - Jim Geraghty, Campaign Spot
Protectionist threat of another Great Depression - Conn Carroll, The Foundry
Fine-tuning the message - Big Tent Democrat, TalkLeft
Our plan in Georgia - Bruce Dixon, Open Left
Today in wonkery - Matthew Continetti, Weekly Standard
More free NBC publicity for Obama - Mark Finkelstein, Newsbusters
Gulf scientists slowedl by lack of funds - Chris in Paris, AMERICAblog
Pawlenty preps for 2012 with speaking tour - Christian Heinze, GOP12
Meek goes for Crist's jugular - Jeremy Jacobs, Hotline OnCall

Without Emanuel, who's going to send the dead fish? - The Hill
Likely loss of House seats in Midwest stirs partisan feuds - New York Times
CIA steps up drone attacks in Pakistan - Washington Post