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Morning six-pack: What we're reading Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday. Or at least it is in Washington, where something resembling governing is rumored to be taking place.

Indeed, there does appear to be a bipartisan budget deal in the works, and congressional conservatives are not happy. (Politico)

Mary Barra is the first female to take the helm at General Motors. A woman driver? You bet! (Chicago Tribune)

It's hard to imagine a tear in Bernie Madoff's eye, but five years later we're told he was crying when his personal house of cards collapsed. (New York Daily News)

President Barack Obama could be excused for happily counting down the last 20 days of 2013: The number of people who find him "not trustworthy" has increased by 50 percent over the past year. (Pew Research)

Exchange-traded funds are generally considered the playground of professional traders, but that could be changing. (Seeking Alpha)

And, finally ... if you want to know the real effects of the Federal Reserve's tapering plans, look no further than the bond market. CNBC's Patti Domm explains.

—By CNBC's Jeff Cox. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxCNBCcom.

  • Jeff Cox is finance editor for CNBC.com.

  • Lawrence Develingne

    Lawrence Delevingne is the ‘Big Money’ enterprise reporter for CNBC.com and NetNet.

  • Stephanie Landsman is one of the producers of "Fast Money."

Wall Street

  • Robert Shiller

    Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller says that his key valuation indicator is flashing warning signs.

  • Lael Brainard

    The Fed is in the early stages of an analysis on changes in bond market liquidity, amid signs that liquidity may be less resilient than in past.

  • Bill Gross

    Janus Capital acquired a majority interest in Kapstream Capital and said Kapstream's Palghat will support Bill Gross as co-portfolio manager of the Janus Global Unconstrained Bond strategy.