Here’s what the Loop is reading this morning:

Vice President Biden is "absolutely comfortable." (Carolyn Kaster/AP)


Flashback — Remember when then-presidential candidate John McCain pushed back when a supporter called President Obama an Arab? Our colleague Melinda Henneberger contrasts Mitt Romney’s silence after a supporter accuses the president of “treason” with McCain’s response: “No ma’am ... I just happen to have disagreements with him on fundamental issues and that’s what this campaign’s all about.”

Secretary spat — HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was invited to speak at an awards event at Georgetown University, but the choice isn’t going over well in some corners of the Catholic Church.

Inside the embassy — In case you don’t get invited to the fancy embassy parties around town, here’s a photo gallery giving you a peek inside.