Lots of good stuff out there this morning. We’ll start with the Republican presidential candidates:
David Corn asks whether Newt Gingrich can be the first openly mean president in American history,
Rick Perry’s getting slammed for floating the idea that he’ll avoid debates going forward. How can he beat President Obama if he’s too scared to face Mitt Romney?
The economy seems to be turning around, with consumer spending up and the GDP growing. Is it a blip, or the start of a longer-term trend? The answer will have major implications as to whether President Obama wins re-election.
Is Occupy Wall Street reaching a critical juncture? Politico asks whether the Oakland protests – and the injury to Iraq war vet Scott Olsen – amount to the movement’s Kent State moment.