Secretary of State John Kerry (Salvatore di Nolfi/European Pressphoto Agency)
Secretary of State John Kerry (Salvatore di Nolfi/European Pressphoto Agency)

Ouch. “A republic is intended to be a fractious form of government. Successful legislators, like Reagan and Bill Clinton, knew how to hold their own party’s ranks while picking off enough of the opposition to pass laws. Obama was never particularly interested in building the relationships needed to curry favor, call in chits and twist arms. But now, he’s finished even pretending.”

Yikes. “Historically, Israel is believed to have a Qualitative Military Edge (QME), which Congress defines as the ‘ability to counter and defeat any credible conventional military threat from any individual state or possible coalition of states or from non-state actors.’ The United States has vowed to ensure Israel’s military edge — but the Iranian nuclear program, coupled with the civil wars and political upheaval that has recently wracked the region, have all upended the way defense planners traditionally handicap the Middle East.”

Huh? “[Jeanne] Shaheen refused to state definitively whether or not she’d vote for ObamaCare again knowing what she knows about the law now. ‘I would’ve designed it differently had I been designing it. I wasn’t the person who was writing the law. Hindsight is 20/20,’ she said.” It seems like a pretty basic question she will need to answer at some point.

Oops. “One of Iran’s top former nuclear negotiators promised that Iran ‘will never’ dismantle its nuclear enrichment program, and that Tehran’s current promises to curb these activates are only temporary.”

Yowser. The Anti-Defamation League scolds Secretary of State John Kerry for lecturing Israel “about the price Israel will pay if the peace talks break down and Israel is blamed. . . .  Describing the potential for expanded boycotts of Israel makes it more, not less, likely that the talks will not succeed; makes it more, not less, likely that Israel will be blamed if the talks fail; and more, not less, likely that boycotts will ensue. Your comments, irrespective of your intentions, will inevitably be seen by Palestinians and anti-Israel activists as an incentive not to reach an agreement; as an indicator that if things fall apart, Israel will be blamed; and as legitimizing boycott activity.” Read the whole thing.

Good grief. The New York Times public editor lets her paper have it for the misleading headline that sensationalized the latest bridge scandal accusation: “This change was more than a nuance. Acknowledging that could have taken the form of a straightforward correction. The change also could have been explained in an editor’s note or could even have been acknowledged in a sentence in the body of the article. . . . . It would have been the right thing to do.  Some sort of notice was due to the reader that the initial story had changed in a substantial way.” In other words, the Times was wrong and wouldn’t admit it.

Criminey. “Tens of thousands of people who discovered that HealthCare.gov made mistakes as they were signing up for a health plan are confronting a new roadblock: The government cannot yet fix the errors. Roughly 22,000 Americans have filed appeals with the government to try to get mistakes corrected, according to internal government data obtained by The Washington Post. They contend that the computer system for the new federal online marketplace charged them too much for health insurance, steered them into the wrong insurance program or denied them coverage entirely.”

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