Good morning! Here's what's on today's agenda:
"In Talks on a Budget Deal, Boehner and Obama Stand Alone" by Jonathan Weisman and Peter Baker, The New York Times
"At House Speaker John A. Boehner’s request, Senate leaders and Representative Nancy Pelosi have been excluded from talks to avert a fiscal crisis, leaving it to Mr. Boehner and President Obama alone to find a deal, Congressional aides say."
"In Obama’s Plan to Tax Rich, $250,000 Figure May Mislead" by Catherine Rampell and Binyamin Appelbaum
"President Obama’s insistence that marginal tax rates rise for families making more than $250,000 has convinced millions of affluent Americans that they are likely to be writing larger checks to the government next year. But many of those families have no reason to fret."
"DeMint marks a new, sharper edge for Heritage" by Karen Tumulty and Allen McDuffee, The Washington Post
"The changing of the guard comes at a crucial moment, when conservatism itself is gripped by self-doubt and angst in the wake of back-to-back Republican presidential defeats."
"NASA on verge of losing its edge, report says" by Amina Khan and Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
"Given an undefined vision and financial uncertainty, NASA could lose its leadership role in space exploration to other nations, a National Research Council analysis concludes."