MORNING READ

FROM THE BLOGS:

Missing Michael Hastings
Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith eulogizes his former colleague, 33-year-old Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings who died in a car accident on Tuesday.

Why people in power cast themselves as 'war' casualties
The Huffington Post's Lori Day argues that the "war on men" is a fictional phenomenon created to help men in power play the victim.

Inevitable: Lisa Murkowski declares support for gay marriage
Hot Air's Allahpundit says Lisa Murkowski's recent public statement supporting gay marriage isn't at all surprising and predicts Susan Collins will be the next Republican to "turn."

Is Obama about to get serious on climate change?
Mother Jones's Kevin Drum says that Obama is finally on the verge of prioritizing climate change.

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

House moves to slash community development, transit spending
The House Appropriations Committee passed a bill that cuts housing and community development spending, The Hill's Erik Wasson reports.

Doctors: Remove soda from food stamp program
The AMA will begin attempts to eliminate soda and other sugary drinks from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, The Hill's Sam Baker reports.