The U.S. government should never apologize for free speech. “The reaction of our government in the recent case was wrong, and made us look fearful and weak. For one thing, I don’t believe such apologies work, and there is no evidence they did in the recent cases. But beyond the question of efficacy is the question of fairness and fear. The fact is that religions are insulted all the time, in this country and beyond.. . . Every religion is defamed, yet apologies appear to be expected and to be offered only in one case: Islam. The explanation is clear: only in that case is there fear of violence.” Read the whole thing.

Veterans turn from President Obama. “President Barack Obama is trying hard to win veterans, but it looks like they’d prefer a new commander in chief.”

President Obama isn’t going to change. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.): “President Obama just the other day, he said on TV that I can’t change Washington from the inside. Why do we send presidents to the White House in the first place? Isn’t that why we send presidents to Washington, to change Washington? You know what? If he can’t change Washington, then we need to change presidents . . .”

Being liberal means never having to say you’re sorry. Stephanie Cutter on women voters: “They’re not really concerned about what’s happened over the last four years, they really want to know what’s going to happen in the next four years.” More of the same.

They can promise to do a better job, but lots of flyers are fed up. “American Airlines and its passengers are struggling with a rise in late and canceled flights spurred by pilot-initiated maintenance requests and a shortage of crew members amid a labor dispute.” When you have Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeting about your rotten service, you’re in trouble.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for him to make amends. “Now that Mitt Romney has released his taxes with proof that he’s paid taxes over the past ten years, it’s time for United States Senator Harry Reid of Nevada to ‘man up!’”

I wonder if Obama has any regrets. “Prospects for any settlement in the Syria conflict remain dismal, but not impossible, the new Syria peace envoy said Monday, telling Security Council diplomats that the government of President Bashar al-Assad still clung to the notion that pre-revolution Syria could be resurrected.”

You could fill a book with Obama’s excuses. “White House Press Secretary Jay Carney faced pressure to explain Monday why President Obama has made no public plans to meet one on one with world leaders on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Asked repeatedly at the briefing about the president’s plans, Carney said that Obama likely would run into foreign leaders at a reception Monday evening and continues to stay in contact with them. He urged Americans to tune in to the president’s U.N. speech on Tuesday. ‘The president’s obviously got a busy schedule. He has a busy schedule all the time,’ Carney said at one point.” So much for the idea Obama has a big advantage on foreign policy.

Hey, Obama is having the time of his life. “Simply put, the White House is prioritizing the president’s reelection effort. Most heads of state will be here all week, but the president will be in New York less than 24 hours, and even then will spend most of his time away from this conference. After landing in New York Monday afternoon, the president headed straight for a sit-down — not with visiting leaders, but with the ladies of ‘The View,’ for an interview to air tomorrow.”