Morning Briefing: Gore Vidal, Celebrated Satirist and Activist, Dies

— Gore Vidal, political and cultural author and essayist renowned for his ascerbic wit, has died at the age of 86.

— After saying his controversial speech in Israel was not criticizing Palestinian culture, Mitt Romney pens an op-ed, “Culture Does Matter,” to defend his argument.

— Sarah Palin attacked Dick Cheney for his disparaging comments about picking her as VP in 2008:

— A report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that Romney’s tax plan would shift taxes to low and moderate income families. An across the board tax cut would disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Americans:

— And finally, the pepper-spraying cop from the Occupy UC Davis protest has left his job at the university after months of paid leave.