MORNING READ

FROM THE BLOGS:

Bin Laden as commander
At Attackerman, Spencer Ackerman compares reports by intelligence officials on what kind of leader Osama bin Laden was right before he died. 

The WPR, the clock, and “Deferring to NATO”: What did Sen. Kerry mean?
Over at Lawfare, Robert Chesney ponders a "cryptic" statement made by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).

Romney's speech: He digs deeper
Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post wasn't satisified with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) explanation for why the healthcare law he put in place as governor is different from the one President Obama implemented. 

Lugar abandons the DREAM Act and illustrates why America can’t have nice things
Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) isn't backing the DREAM Act this time around, which is a change from before, notes Matthew Yglesias.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

GOP senators focus on entitlement cuts
Senate Republicans strongly urged President Obama to embrace entitlement cuts as a means to reducing the deficit, The Hill's Sam Youngman and Alexander Bolton report.

Jon Huntsman: The would-be Republican presidential candidate Democrats most fear
Democrats are very afraid of a presidential run by former China ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr., Melinda Henneberger writes in Time.