Michelle Obama eats something fattening
The American Prospect's Adam Serwer explains why the media is likely to give an unnecessary amount of attention to first lady Michelle Obama ordering a burger and milkshake.

Tim Pawlenty's error
At Right Turn, Jennifer Rubin wonders whether it's really a good idea, tactically, for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), who's running for president, to make gibes about Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) "nonexistent" record.

Obama gives Boehner the death hug
Writing at The New Republic's Jonathan Chait's blog, Matthew Zeitlin argues that President Obama has made it very difficult for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to accept a substantive debt-ceiling increase compromise. 

Conrad's budget framework
National Review's Andrew Stiles takes apart the "framework" of the budget Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) unveiled to his Democratic Conference last week.


Top Democrats ask Wall Street to step up debt-ceiling pressure
Democratic leaders are urging the business community to join them in pressuring Republicans on debt-ceiling increase negotiations, according to The Hill's Alexander Bolton.

Strained relationship of Cantor, Boehner put to the test in debt debate
Debt-ceiling increase negotiations are calling attention to the rift between Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), The Hill's Russell Berman reports.