MORNING READ

FROM THE BLOGS:

Romney death problem, even deathier than edition
In anticipation of a major speech former Massachuessetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is giving today, The New Republic's Jonathan Chait traces statements he has made on healthcare reform legislation and the so-called "individual mandate."

Top Democrats: Huntsman Would Be Toughest to Beat in 2012; Won't Win GOP Nomination
Speaking on background to ABC's Jake Tapper, some "top Democrats" in the White House have suggested that former China ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. would be a tough opponent for President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.

Eight random things about Newt
Yesterday former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) jumped into the 2012 presidential race. John J. Pitney Jr. offers eight facts about Gingrich at National Review's The Corner blog. 

I feel like a black Republican
Ta-Nehisi Coates reacts to criticism of the White Houses's inclusion of the rapper Common at a poetry event on Wednesday.

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Business groups to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling and do it now
A group of some of the nation's biggest companies want the debt ceiling raised, The Hill's Peter Schroeder reports.

Obama to Deliver Speech on Mideast
President Obama will give a speech on the U.S.'s policy on the Middle East soon, according to Mark Landler.