(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)
(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Another Middle East mess: “Qatar, which has emerged as one of Hamas’ primary funders since Iran’s funding dried up due to U.S.-led sanctions, among other factors. Qatar is, in blunt terms, Hamas’ new ATM.”

The sequester is proving less messy even at the Pentagon. “The Pentagon is putting the breaks on future furloughs of its civilian workforce and will explore other options to curb spending inside the Defense Department.” Funny, how these things work out after the scare tactics fail.

Don’t mess with Texas. “Texas Governor Rick Perry on Monday firmly reiterated that the state will not expand its Medicaid program, saying that it is a broken system that needs to be reformed by allowing states more flexibility.”

“In an interview on CNBC Monday, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the United States needs to be ‘very concerned’ by North Korea’s recent weapons test and ‘level of bellicosity’ and do everything necessary to defend U.S. allies and interests.” But didn’t he contribute to the mess by going along with defense cuts and keeping mum during ludicrous negotiations with North Korea?

And you think the federal government’s fiscal mess is bad. “Were California’s state government a business, it would be a candidate for insolvency with a negative net worth of $127.2 billion, according to an annual financial report issued by State Auditor Elaine Howle and the Bureau of State Audits.” Fiscal madness brought to Californians by a government of Democrats.

This will be a messy race. “The chair of the Democratic Governors Association, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, called Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate a Tea Party radical who makes ‘Mitt Romney and his ’47 percent’ comment look moderate.’ . . . Asked if he would describe the candidate as more radical than the state’s current Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, who has given Cuccinelli his endorsement, Shumlin said, ‘Oh god, yes.’”

The Obamacare messes multiply. “Unable to meet tight deadlines in the new health care law, the Obama administration is delaying parts of a program intended to provide affordable health insurance to small businesses and their employees — a major selling point for the health care legislation.”

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.