FROM THE BLOGS:
Cantor wants "binding timeframe" on deficit talks
Dave Weigel blogs a statement by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) about negotiations on reducing the nation's longterm deficit.
The tolerant left
The left isn't quite as tolerant as it preaches, writes Michael Walsh at National Review's The Corner.
What would your state's be?
Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall notes that Arizona is on the way to having an official state gun.
At The American Spectator's blog, Aaron Goldstein reacts to the news that Major League Baseball is taking over operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Boehner: 'Political calculations' should not drive drawdown in Afghanistan
The Hill's Molly K. Hooper reports that House Speaker Boehner called on President Obama not to draw down troop numbers in Afghanistan on political grounds.
Shutdown fight 'powder-puff' compared to debt ceiling clash, says GOP senator
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) predicts the upcoming fight over raising the debt ceiling will be "pretty raucous" according to The Hill's Josiah Ryan.