MORNING READ

FROM THE BLOGS:

Meet the anti-pirate pleasure boat
At Wired's Danger Room, Adam Rawnsley reports on a renovated yacht retrofitted to defend itself from pirates.

U.S. counterterrorism strategy: sticks and carrots
At the Heritage Foundation's The Foundry blog, Helle Dale argues that the Obama administration's recently published counterterrorism strategy wasn't quite "hard-hitting."

The zombie war in Iraq
Matthew Yglesias highlights a recent column he wrote on "zombie banks" at his Thinkprogress blog

The crusade to cave
House Republicans are trying their best to cave with President Obama, Russ Vought writes at Redstate.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Boehner slams Obama jobs plan as 'poor substitute' for growth, calls for tax reform
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) strongly criticized President Obama's recently unveiled American Jobs Act on Thursday, The Hill's Russell Berman reports.

Bill Daley leaves some Democrats longing for Rahm Emanuel
Some Democrats wish Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hadn't left his job as President Obama's chief of staff, The Huffington Post's Jennifer Bendery writes.