Evan Bayh to Barack Obama: Shove it. Charles Lane, Washington Post
The White House lost the narrative. Ed Luce interviews John Podesta, FT. Video here.
America's new era of unemployment. Don Peck, Atlantic
Obama's unsustainable budget. Greg Mankiw, NYT
The Afghan offensive. Foreign Policy provides links, including to NYT's David Sanger on the meaning of victory in Marja. Meanwhile, an as-yet-unMirandized Taliban commander is under interrogation by Pakistani intelligence and the CIA.