MORNING READ

FROM THE BLOGS:

Prioritizing change

The Washington Examiner's Byron York looks at the differing electoral priorities of two key players in the 2012 presidential campaign — Barack Obama and the American people.

A cutting attack

The National Memo's Henry Decker reports on a Michigan attack ad that dredges up old controversy surrounding Mitt Romney's alleged high school bullying scandal and calls Romney's inability to recall the incident an indication of "a liar, a sociopath, or both."

The fight for foreign policy

Time magazine's Karl Vick examines Mitt Romney's recent visit to Israel, including what it could mean in the context of the November election.

Parting the red sea

The Weekly Standard's Daniel Halper writes about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) remarks on how Republican Jews are "being exploited" by their party when it comes to U.S. relations with Israel.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Report marks gains for Afghan security, but warns of delayed reconstruction work

Significant delays for long-term reconstruction projects in Afghanistan could signal a tough transition once U.S. troops are withdrawn in 2014, The Hill's Carlo Muñoz reports.

Clinton slams House GOP letter suggesting aide has Islamist ties

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded to congressional allegations over her deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, The Hill's Julian Pecquet reports.