Eli Lake and Josh Rogin have the goods on the al-Qaeda conference call. “Prior to the worldwide security alert that temporarily shuttered U.S. embassies throughout the Middle East earlier this month, authorities captured an al-Qaeda courier who had in his possession a recording of a seven-hour Internet-hosted meeting between more than 20 senior al-Qaeda leaders from around the globe, U.S. intelligence officials said.” Hence the need for NSA surveillance.

Mary Landrieu
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

He has gone around the bend for good, it seems. “DeMint: Republicans unwilling to defund ObamaCare ‘need to be replaced.’ ” That is almost all the Senate and House. On the bright side, it would include Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

Not a good moment for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.). A new attack ad upbraids her for saying that it is “embarrassing” to go to “places like France and Spain” that have nationalized medicine. Thunk.

A feel-good story if there ever was one. Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken “Cuccinelli tries to help convicted felon [Thomas] Haynesworth clear his name. . . . When DNA exonerated Haynesworth in two sexual assaults, Cuccinelli was so moved that he invited him in for a personal apology. That meeting led to a job offer. Then Tuesday, Cuccinelli argued before” a state appeals court that Haynesworth’s name should be cleared.

Good golly. The White House spokesman declares that “it is the view of this administration that a determination about a coup, about whether it occurred or not, is not a determination that is in the best interests of the United States, that what we’re going to do is we’re going to set aside this decision about whether or not a coup occurred and evaluate our ongoing relationship with Egypt in a way that maximizes the national security interests of the United States of America.”

Good reason, then, not to have released the birth certificate to start the circus. ” ‘It’s very easy for folks in the media to focus on the sideshow, to focus on the circus, to focus on the politics’ . . . [Sen. Ted] Cruz said he is ‘not worrying about birth certificates and silly sideshows.’ ” Would a silly sideshow be like threatening to shutdown the government?

Good grief. “Mohamed ElBaradei, Egypt’s former vice president, will be sued in court for a ‘betrayal of trust’ over his decision to quit the army-backed government in protest at its bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.”

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