* Matt Miller says what must not be said: That one party (the GOP) deserves more blame than the other for the debt ceiling impasse.
* A new Congressional Research Service report supports the Dem argument that ending tax breaks for Big Oil won’t meaningfully hurt consumers at the pump.
* Newt has now made his unofficially official announcement for president official.
* But his decision to place his wife (with whom he initially committed adultry) at the center of his campaign won’t rescue him from his adulturous past.
* And no matter how many “ideas” he claims to have, it won’t change the fact that Americans already think they know who he is, and know they don’t like him.
* Jed Lewison digs up the video of Mitt Romney hoping for “a nation that’s taken a mandate approach.” Perfect for a 2012 GOP primary campaign ad!
* Jonathan Chait sums up Romney’s position:
If we lived in a country where every citizen was required by the national government to obtain health insurance, it would be tyranny. But if we lived in a country where every citizen was required by their state government to obtain health insurance, it would be ideal. Anybody think this is going to fly?
* Steve Benen’s translation of Romney: “That radical, communistic, freedom-killing health care policy you hate so intensely? Don’t worry, I only support that at the state level.”
* Headline of the day, from Ezra Klein:
Mitt Romney continues to be haunted by past reasonableness
* Ramesh Ponnuru explains why Romney’s embrace of the individual mandate matters to conservatives: “It will prevent Romney from mounting an attack on Obamacare — which could be a very important part of any other nominee’s strategy.”
* Oh, and by the way, in 1994, Romney did in fact support a federal individual mandate.
* House Republicans who won office in 2010 by attacking Dems on Medicare call on Dems to rein in the attacks on Republicans over Medicare, a sign they’re feeling the heat on the issue.
* Adam Serwer defends the Bin Laden family’s right to ask as many questions as they want about his death.
* And Senator Kent Conrad, last seen pushing the crazy idea of a 50-50 split between tax hikes and spending cuts, is now pushing the even loonier idea of a three percent surtax on millionaires to reduce the deficit.
In all seriousness, it does seem like Senate Dems are moving to the left as they lay down markers in talks with Republicans.
What else is happening?