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