FROM THE BLOGS:
Women, ego, and politics
If women are less ego-maniacal than men, then that might be a reason why there are less women than men in politics, argues Matthew Yglesias at his ThinkProgress blog.
Oligarchy and democracy in the GOP
It's actually not true that rank-and-file Republicans "viscerally dislike" former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), Daniel Larison writes at Eunomia.
It's not wrong for civic-minded Americans to volunteer for political campaigns, argues Jonathan Bernstein at his A plain blog about politics.
State Department tweets, but is anyone listening?
President Obama isn't the only one using Twitter to engage with Americans, writes Helle Dale at The Foundry.
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
White House mum on debt talks, meeting with House Speaker
The White House is refusing to confirm exactly what went on in a meeting President Obama reportedly had with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), The Hill's Sam Youngman and Mike Lillis report.
Obama expected to press for bigger deal on debt with leaders
President Obama is expected to call on a bigger deficit-reduction package than had initially been anticipated in meetings with congressional leaders on Thursday, according to The Hill's Ian Swanson.