Ezra Klein's Wonkbook notes Politico's report that Jeff Bingaman is replacing John Kerry as leader of the Senate Democrats' push for a climate bill. Bingaman previously drafted a very gentle (i.e., carbon cap-less) bill that garnered some bipartisan support; he's currently working on a utilities-only one that Dems hope will attract backing from key Republicans despite -- or because of -- Bingaman's mild-mannered personality.
Mike Allen's Playbook reports that the jousting for Newsweek has come down to two lead suitors: California philanthropist Sidney Harman and billionaire Clinton ally Marc Lasry. According to Allen, both men "have signaled they would keep Newsweek as a traditional newsmagazine, preserving some semblance of the serious-minded, essentially New-Democratic tone set by Jon Meacham."
The Daily Beast's Cheat Sheet points to a Washington Post account of bubbling discontent among House Democrats in regards to the war in Afghanistan. After stalling for weeks, the House narrowly approved an additional $37 billion in war funding. The measure now goes to the Senate.
ABC's The Note links to a Washington Post story about the Democratic "battle plan" for November's elections -- it centers on engendering fear of a GOP takeover.
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