Here’s what the Loop is reading is reading Thursday morning:
Merlot vs. tea — An excerpt from Bob Woodward’s new book, “The Price of Politics,” paints this picture of the 2010 negotiations between House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama over the debt ceiling: in Boehner’s words, “I’m sitting there smoking a cigarette, drinking merlot, and I look across the table and there is the president of the United States drinking iced tea and chomping on Nicorette.”
Romney tax heist — Still looking for those tax returns... Anonymous thieves claimed to have broken into Mitt Romney’s accountant’s firm and stolen those tax returns everyone’s so mad to see (they’re demanding $1 million to keep them private). Secret Service is investigating, and the company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, is denying the breech even happened.
More A-list on the way — Our colleagues at the Reliable Source have the forecast on the state of celebrities down at the Democratic convention in Charlotte: Right now it’s sprinkling (only a handful, including Adrian Grenier, Rosario Dawson, will.i.am., and Ashley Judd) with a chance of a downpour (heavy hitters like Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington will be around Thursday).