AP Top Political News At 9:53 a.m. EDT

Budget chairman: Short-term extension best answer.
Trying to save troops’ lives with flying hospital.
Progress scarce as debt limit impasse continues.
Perry courts potential fundraisers at LA meeting.
Retailers to bring fresh produce to many without.
Obama says election assessment of his leadership.
Analysis: House conservatives won’t budge on debt.
Bachmann vows she’ll submit only balanced budgets.
TSA introduces new technology to protect privacy.
Senators’ deficit plan calls for tradeoff in taxes.