MORNING READ

FROM THE BLOGS:

Amazon's PAC spending — rather modest and slanted a bit toward Democrats
Slate.com's Matthew Yglesias analyzes Amazon.com's political action committee in response to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos's purchase of The Washington Post. Yglesias finds a slight tilt toward Democrats.

Detroit's emergency manager could sell the city's art collection
At the Atlantic Wire, Abby Ohlheiser writes that the state-appointed emergency manager for Detroit, Kevyn Orr, could auction off the city's art collection.

Obama Day
F.H. Buckley at The American Spectator's Spectacle blog has a prediction on how President Obama's birthday will be celebrated in the future. 

Three things the new terrorism threat does not prove
Time's Michael Crowley lists a trio of things the new terror alert concerning a possible al Qaeda attack does not show.

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Resurgent al Qaeda casts doubt on Obama’s national security record
The growth of al Qaeda over the last year or so has created new national security challenges for the Obama administration, reports The Hill's Jeremy Herb.

Decision on Russia summit coming soon
In the next few days the White House will announce whether President Obama will cancel upcoming bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to The Hill's Justin Sink.