Recap: The only poll you need to see to understand Washington right now; House progressives unveil a budget of their own; and what’s really holding up the budget deal.

Elsewhere:

1) House conservatives have released their alternative to the Ryan budget.

2) Obama’s decision to agree that the Clinton tax rates were much too high has made regressive spending cuts fairly inevitable.

3) How Wachovia helped Mexican drug gangs launder money.

4) I’ll be talking shutdown on “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell at 8 p.m. EST, and then perhaps again at 11 p.m. EST.

Recipe of the day: Shanghai stir fry.