MORNING READ

FROM THE BLOGS:

The Ryan effect down ballot
Mother Jones's Kevin Drum explains how a small swing toward Democrats because of Ryan could have huge effects on the fight for the Senate.

Red New England?
The American Conservative's Michael Brendan Dougherty isn't sure the death of the Rockefeller Republican spells the end of the party in New England.

Four candidates enter, no one leaves (with an unblemished reputation)
The Atlantic's Jill Lawrence says everyone running will end 2012 as a less appealing figure.

And the young shall lead them
Hot Air's Erika Johnsen looks at the youth vote and the growing disillusionment with Obama among young people.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

No Ryan bounce
The Gallup poll shows no movement in the presidential race numbers since the VP pick was announced, The Hill's Jonathan Easley reports.

Hypersonic weapons test fails
The Air Force lost contact with the device due to a malfunction, The Hill's Carlo Muñoz reports.