To be precise, most Americans don’t look favorably upon the Sochi Olympics. “The Winter Olympics are getting a lukewarm reception from the American public, which has wide dislike for the Russian president and concerns over terrorism. Half of Americans have a favorable impression of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia opening Thursday, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll; four in 10 have unfavorable views. That’s a far cry from the 72 percent favorable rating entering the Summer Olympics in London two years ago.” Maybe next time have them in a free country?

Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf testifies on Capitol Hill. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)
Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf testifies on Capitol Hill. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

There is a particular action the speaker wants the president to take. On trade authority he said in a rare floor speech: “The president needs to use his bully pulpit only as a president can – and change their minds. He can do that today when he addresses Senate Democrats.  I certainly hope — and expect — he will help us move this bill forward on behalf of American workers.  Otherwise, all the talk about a ‘year of action’ would appear just to be another broken promise.”

Another discrete action would be approving the XL Pipeline, of course. “Four politically vulnerable Senate Democrats are urging U.S. President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, spotlighting the implications of an election-year decision that may influence which party controls the chamber.” They could always add it to the debt ceiling hike.

Americans for Tax Reform calculates the specific number of jobs that will be taken out of each state thanks to Obamacare. For example, Arkansas would lose more than 21,000; Louisiana more than 35,000; and North Carolina more than 74,000. The Democratic incumbent senators in these states are likely hiding under their desks.

This precise headline could be used again and again just by changing the name of the state. “NH Dems face fire on Obamacare.”

This is my exact take as well. “Don’t expect anything big from 2014 but there are some glimmers of optimism from members of Congress. ‘I’m sure there will be something that will burp out of this dysfunctional congress,’ quipped Rep. Peter DeFazio.”

If the Nobel Peace Prize had not become a joke, these gals would be the definite front-runners. “Two women from the Russian punk group Pussy Riot said Wednesday that their 21-month incarceration in Russia’s penal system for having staged a political protest in a Moscow cathedral had emboldened them to speak out more forcefully against President Vladimir V. Putin, partly because of the global support they received. . . . They also advocated political protests at the Winter Olympic Games, which are about to commence in Sochi. And they expressed admiration for the political protest movement underway in Ukraine, saying they hope it creates an infectious spirit in Russia.”

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