Lots of storms swirling today.

Tropical Storm Claudette hit the Florida coast in the wee hours of the morning, whipping morning television into the obligatory frenzy of reporting from rain-soaked correspondents demonstrating the weather.

The healthcare storm is far from over. OBAMA/

The Obama administration putting out the word that the public option feature of its health plan is not a dealbreaker.  Our expert tells us that public option basically means it would be a government-run plan like Medicare. Too early to tell whether the shift in strategy will help win votes in Congress.

President Barack Obama switches issues today from healthcare to the war in Afghanistan when he speaks to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Phoenix, the last stop of his long weekend out West.

Elections in Afghanistan this week seen as a test of Obama’s strategy to increase American troops in an effort to push back Taliban gains.

Special mention: Former Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon died over the weekend. The affable, bow-tie wearing, former journalist who was most recently president of Refugees International wrote about his battle with melanoma last month in the context of the healthcare debate.