It’s President Obama’s 50th birthday.
Republican candidates head to Iowa to campaign (New York Times)
Oregon representative David Wu resigns amid sex assault rumors (Politico)
Feds break up huge online child pornography ring (CNN)
Michele Bachmann campaigns on debt ceiling:
On the main site:
The One-Termer We’ve Been Waiting For by David Catron: Unemployment and health costs are going up and Obama’s going down.
Incivility at the Tea Party, by George Neumayr: The establishment’s panic at a broadened debate.
Sympathy for the Revel, by Christopher Orlet: Will we ever stop sentimentalizing self-destructive boozers?
The Long War and the Budget, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.: Get ready for a long war to balance the budget and to bring government spending back to 20 percent of GDP.
Kolya on 16th Street, by Roger Kaplan: Nikolay Davydenko plays the match of the tournament in between some much needed Washington.
Winehouse Government, by Ralph R. Reiland: Here’s what the sober rich are going to have to pay.
Red, White & Republican, by Lisa Fabrizio: The latest on conservative personality disorders.
Can The Pirates Right Their Ship? by Aaron Goldstein: For a while, it looked like Pittsburgh was heading for the playoffs. What went wrong?