* Senate Dems will force Republicans to vote this week on extending the payroll tax cut, kicking off an all-out push to contrast GOP opposition to temporary tax cuts for workers with GOP support for permanent tax cuts for the rich.
* Uppin’ the pressure: The White House won’t accept any GOP offer to support the payroll tax cut extension in exchange for altering the supercommittee’s triggered defense cuts.
* Obama is “abandoning” the white working class? Dave Weigel notes that Fox Nation isn’t even bothering to try to disguise its latest race-mongering.
* James Downie on why Judge Jed Rakoff’s courageous rejection of the SEC settlement with Citigroup is cause for a glimmer of hope for some kind of accountability for the 2008 crash.
* Maxine Waters wants to replace retiring Barney Frank as ranking Dem on the powerful House Financial Services Committee, even though she’s battling an ethics investigation. Will Nancy Pelosi go around her?
* Barney Frank’s best YouTube moments. A taste: Here’s Frank’s response to accusations that he harbored a “radical homosexual agenda”:
Let me own up to that agenda. It’s to be protected against violent crime driven by bigotry. It’s to be able to get married. It’s to be able to get a job. And it’s to be able to fight for our country.
* A nice Joe Klein post recalling the moment when Frank came out to him in a Massachusetts deli, and what it meant to him and his career.
* Chart of the day, courtesy of Jed Lewison: A very big chunk of the GOP primary electorate simply refuses to coalesce behind Mitt Romney.
* Gingrich sharpens his message against Romney: “I don’t claim to be the perfect candidate. I just claim to be a lot more conservative than Mitt Romney.”
* Headline of the day, courtesy of National Journal, perfectly capturing Romney’s equivocations on deportation and “amnesty”:
Mitt Bashes Newt for Agreeing With Him on Immigration
* Iowa Republicans scratch their heads about Romney’s flip-flop on whether to contest the state, saying it was a bad strategic misstep to ignore the state for months before suddenly deciding to go all in.
* And poor Herman Cain is dismissing the new allegations of an affair, claiming the press shouldn’t report on affairs between consensual adults. Ben Smith knocks Cain’s rationale down:
The problem for Cain is that his alleged partner in consensual activity has chosen to go public; that, too, is a matter of consent.
What else is happening?