The Rev. Al Sharpton fills in for Ed tonight. Today’s Outlook and Underbuzzed are on the way, so check back in a bit. Meanwhile, here’s some of the stuff we’re keeping our eye on this morning:
- Fmr. Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) speech today formally announcing presidential bid, tapes Hannity interview to air tonight.
- Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner makes the case for hiking the debt ceiling to GOP House freshmen.
- Analysis: Dionne explains why Ryan is losing the debate.
- The same morning Ryan told the president to stop demagoguing Medicare, he said Dems want to ration health care for seniors.
- VIDEO: Dems have a new ad targeting Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH) for supporting the Ryan Plan.
- Speaker Boehner says he wants a deal this month.
- Ezra Klein: If Congress really wants to end deficits, it should do nothing.
- House GOP freshmen greet Treasury Sec. Geithner with skepticism.
- CORRECTION: Politico now says Dems did not whip against the debt-ceiling vote.
- In first appropriations vote, bipartisan consensus defeats House leadership by increasing spending.
- Wall St.’s jittery about our bumpy economic recovery.
- Manufacturing slowdown mirrors lagging pace of overall recovery.
- Happiest nations are those in diametric opposition to GOP ideology.
- Report suggests auto bailout will end up costing only $14 billion, much less than first projected.
- High gas prices may be the cause of slowing auto sales, which may have triggered yesterday’s stock-market dip.
WALL ST. / BANKS
- US Chamber and Wall St. firms seek delay of rules intended to prevent repeat of financial meltdown.
- Analyst predicts Goldman Sachs will evade prosecution because it’s “too big to fail.”
- Former GOP Sen. Judd Gregg joins Goldman Sachs.
- Support growing for recess appointment of Elizabeth Warren.
- Delta under investigation for possibly interfering with attempts to organize workers.
- Nadler says former Bush attorneys are pulling a “Willie Horton” on the DOJ.
- House GOP trying to roll back progress on school lunches, tobacco.
- House GOP delays vote to end US ops there out of fear it would pass.
- Speaker Boehner defends the US involvement in Libya.
- Campaign hopes to raise $60 million this quarter.
- Charts: Dem pollster Stan Greenberg says Dems must be forward-looking.
- To win, Obama may need to break precedent on correlations with unemployment.
- Is fmr. Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) running for president?
- Has Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell decided the Senate is more important than the White House in 2012?
- Romney speech focuses on economy, jobs.
- So what exactly is Romney’s record on jobs?
- RomneyCare looms over his speech today.
- Democratic insiders see Romney as the biggest threat to Obama.
- Republican insiders think the nomination’s his. The White House? Not so much.
- A comparison between last time and this time.
- VIDEO: A new DNC video reminds voters of Romney’s many positions.
- VIDEO FLASHBACK: He’s implied Pres. Obama’s lack of American-ness before.
- His state’s projected deficit skews the whole fiscal-conservative thing.
- Despite swelling tax revenues, more cutbacks coming.
- Hey, NJ taxpayers pissed at paying for his personal-use chopper ride? Suck it.
- Fla. governor turns head into Moebius strip justifying/denouncing stimulus spending.
- Could Republicans pick up his district–in New York City?
WAR ON DRUGS
- New report concludes it’s hurting us. The war part, that is.
- US govt. pushes back, obviously, on the report’s obvious conclusions.
- AG Holder wants to retroactively cut crack sentences.
(What I’m reading: Greg Sargent’s Plum Line, Think Progress, Matt Yglesias, The Wonk Room, Talking Points Memo, TPMDC, Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire, the Washington Monthly, the National Journal, Ezra Klein, Politico’s Playbook and Huddle, Dave Weigel, Wonkette, Firedoglake, the NYT Caucus, Daily Kos. What my iPod has me listening to: Pressure Drop, as covered by The Clash.)