MORNING READ

FROM THE BLOGS: 

FBI Drones
The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI has been using drone technology since 2006.

Flake would have voted ‘no’
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) will miss the vote on the continuing funding resolution Friday to attend his son’s wedding, The Washington Post reports.

Compromise is over
Michael Gerson of Real Clear Politics writes that Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) speech Tuesday is an example of a new strain of populism that discourages compromise. 

Peter King receives ‘vile’ calls
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), an outspoken critic of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), said his office has been receiving ugly calls from the senator’s supporters, CNN reports.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES: 

GOP votes lacking on debt ceiling
The Hill reports that Republicans may not have the votes to raise the debt ceiling, even with a host of GOP proposals attached. 

Where’s the president?
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) said President Obama is refusing to negotiate with Republicans, Pete Kasperowicz writes for The Hill.