Morning six-pack: What we're reading Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday. It's chilly out here in the East, so we've brewed up a hot toddy six-pack to warm us all up:

We have to start off the day here by coming to the defense of our esteemed future Fed Chairman Larry Summers. For some reason, the Fiscal Times thinks he's not the man for the job. You'll see why they think so, if you can stop your uproarious laughter after the first-sentence assertion that Syria represented "a rare political misstep" for President Barack Obama.

During my appearance Tuesday on CNBC's "Closing Bell," my esteemed colleague Maria Bartiromo threw out Tim Geithner's name as a possible third-way compromise between Larry and Janet Yellen (at about the 6:50 mark on the video). Another of my esteemed colleagues, Larry Kudlow, floated this possibility a few days ago. What do I say? I say listen to Maria and Larry (Kudlow, of course), but I still say Summers is your man.

Enough Fed. Pity those who had to fill up their tanks this morning—gas prices are creeping higher again. While most of the focus is on Syria, it bears watching that "Libya, a major regional producer, has seen its production completely collapse over the past month," according to

Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase may be the Whipping Boy of Wall Street these days, but in the big picture investors haven't really seemed to notice, or so these charts would suggest.

When you get done scouring your Twitter feed to see if Carl Icahn has posted anything new lately, remember that the microblog may be going public soon. Here are a couple waysyou can get prepared.

And, finally...You might have heard that Marc Faber is a bit bearish on the global economy. Shockingly, he's predicting a big market plunge ahead.'s Alex Rosenberg explains.

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