MORNING READ

FROM THE BLOGS:

Endorsements: Not mattering
Slate's Dave Weigel writes that endorsements are failing to matter in the 2012 cycle.

Newt Gingrich: Master of meanness
Jonathan Capehart at PostPartisan thinks Newt Gingrich is a "master of meanness" and "quietly cutting."

Romney talks again about childhood mischief in ‘People’ interview
It's not the first time Mitt Romney has admitted to drinking alcohol as a "wayward youth," writes ABC's Emily Friedman.

Sequestration won't change the path we're on
At The Corner, Veronique de Rugy argues the U.S. doesn't need to fear the automatic spending cuts triggered by the failed supercommittee.

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

GOP chairman to offer bill to prevent automatic defense spending cuts
Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) vowed Monday to prevent steep spending cuts to the Defense Department, John T. Bennett reports for The Hill.

Obama rips Republicans for supercommittee failure
President Obama blamed the Republicans for not listening to the "voices of reason" in order to reach a supercommittee deal, Jonathan Easley reports for The Hill.