MORNING READ

FROM THE BLOGS:

The decline of Saturday Night Live

The Corner's John Fund says that reports the show spiked a sketch mocking President Obama for gloating over the bin Laden raid is evidence it has lost "all sense of perspective."

'We're coming back' as the new 'Morning in America'?
Salon's Steve Kornacki dissects the president's attempt at positive messaging in a time "when anxiety and pessimism are rampant."

Romney arrested for disorderly conduct in 1981
Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski unearths an anecdote of the presumptive Republican nominee being booked over a dispute with a park officer; charges were later dropped.

Carney struggles on gay-marriage questions

Hot Air's Allahpundit says the White House press secretary is finding it harder and harder to "sustain this charade," and suggests the Obama campaign could be testing cultural issues to change the campaign narrative from the economy.

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

CIA thwarts al Qaeda underwear bomb plot

The spy agency broke up an attempted attack that would have coincided with the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, The Hill's Carlo Munoz reports.

Ballot Box Overnight: It's the economy…

In the inaugural edition of Ballot Box Overnight, The Hill's Emily Goodin says the economy continues to dominate the November forecast and previews Tuesday's day on the campaign trail.