Close to Shuttering: The Washington Post reports that budget negotiators are haggling over "five one-thousandths" of the federal budget.
Found Ballots: The Republican-aligned candidate in Wisconsin's closely watched state Supreme Court race is back in the lead, after a clerk found uncounted votes, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Google-ITA Deal: Citing a source close to the situation, Reuters reports that the Justice Department is close to a deal that would allow Google to buy an airline ticketing software company.
Defense-CIA Shakeup: The White House is considering a national-security reshuffling that could see Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta succeed Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. David Petraeus take over at the CIA, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Lockerbie Probe: The New York Times reports that Scottish police investigating the Lockerbie bombing said that they had met with a former Libyan foreign minister who has defected to Britain. He has not been offered immunity.