- Congress comes back with taxes on its mind.
- The American poverty rate "is on track for a record increase."
- The administration prepares to pitch a $60 billion Saudi arms deal.
- The Pentagon ponders a plan to forego a hammer or two, buy 10,000 books.
- In Iraq, another episode of post-combat combat.
- The White House frets that divided government will mean "stalemate and gridlock."
Our gridlock-anticipating headline appears in honor of Claude Chabrol, France's Hitchcock, who died over the weekend. (I thought about using Le Boehner's Surge instead, but it was too much of a stretch.) RIP.