"And yet, in the end, while both leaders had profound reservations about a grand bargain that would threaten their parties’ priorities, what’s undeniable, despite all the furious efforts to peddle a different story, is that Obama managed to persuade his closest allies to sign off on what he wanted them to do, and Boehner didn’t, or couldn’t."

- Matt Bai’s NYT story about the debt deal. Remember late last summer when U.S. wasn’t going to pay its debts because Republicans in Congress went crazy? Remember how there almost this grand bargain but then there wasn’t an Obama gave an angry press conference? Bai has gone through it all and figured out what happened. It’s like an Agatha Christie mystery, if Agatha Christie mysteries turned on millions of livelihoods rather than a couple lives.