* HuffPo reports that the White House will make a major push for an extension of unemployment benefits, along with Congressional Dems who will push for the same in budget talks — which is encouraging for those who want the economy to be the top priority for Dems in upcoming fiscal fights.
* Jamelle Bouie also does a nice job on the Obamacare-Katrina comparison. A taste:
Failing to build a website that can reliably provide health-care coverage to consumers — a noble goal hindered by flawed implementation — is categorically different than a non-response to a natural disaster that claimed thousands of lives.
* Jonathan Chait tallies up all the other previous crises that were deemed Katrina-like fiascos for Obama, and concludes:
If every one of Obama’s Katrinas were an actual Katrina, America as we know it would long since have ceased to exist and we’d be living in a watery post-apocalyptic hellscape.
Only a few months ago, high profile pundits confidently suggested Obama’s “weakness” after the Syria mess would badly hobble his chances in the government shutdown and debt limit fight.
* Kevin Drum on the silly pundit obsession with Obama’s sky-is-falling health law presser yesterday. Seriously. What matters is whether the policy works over time. This is nuts.
* Meanwhile, Ed Kilgore makes short work of the “Obama and Dems in epic free fall” narrative. I repeat: This is nuts.
* Jonathan Cohn has a good take on today’s House passage of the GOP bill to fix Obamacare by gutting it, and why it shows Dems are basically standing behind the law, for now, anyway.
* Joe Conason is understandably puzzled: “Suddenly, everyone in Washington is intensely concerned about Americans losing their health coverage.”
* Benjy Sarlin has a good deconstruction of Mitt Romney’s supposed embrace of immigration reform, which got some attention today, but as Sarlin shows, there’s just not much there there, which will startle those who closely followed Romney’s policy positions in 2012.
* And this is just the right note on which to end a deeply dispiriting week: Jonathan Capehart valiantly wrestles with Sarah Palin’s effort to justify her comparison of future debt with slavery.