A new Senate report on Benghazi goes beyond the State Department and “spreads the blame more widely, finding fault with the Pentagon and White House.” Now we need the president to explain what he knew and what he did.

A new round of gun-control efforts might be just what the doctor ordered for the GOP. “Republicans have to hope that because the mainstream media (based in New York City, etc.) are unanimously in favor of gun control, Democrats in places like Montana will be suckered into believing the ground is also shifting in their states. If liberals get their way, President Rubio or Jindal might just come to office with a Republican House and senate.”

New evidence the hard-line right wingers have no real power (except to make deals worse than they would otherwise be): “A  conservative House Republican suggested Monday that the job of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) isn’t in jeopardy even though the House may need to pass year-end legislation that hikes rates on some wealthy taxpayers.”


Chuck Hagel (Dave Kaup/Reuters)

New opposition to Chuck Hagel for defense secretary suggests the president is now getting cover from the left to dump him. “Outgoing Rep. Barney Frank Monday denounced the idea of former Sen. Chuck Hagel being considered for secretary of defense, arguing the Nebraska conservative has demonstrated a clear pattern of bigotry and and a track record of being ‘against fairness for LGBT people.’ “

A new setback to Obamacare signals that President Obama never grasped the importance of religious freedom. “A federal judge has ruled a property management company owned by the founder of Domino’s Pizza doesn’t have to immediately implement mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff ruled Sunday in favor of Tom Monaghan and his Domino’s Farms Corp., near Ann Arbor. Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, says contraception isn’t health care but a ‘gravely immoral’ practice.”

The new queen bee is the perennial favorite. “Hillary Clinton has beaten First Lady Michelle Obama to be named Most Admired Woman in 2012 – and Sarah Palin came in at number five. The Secretary of State has won the accolade a total of 17 times — including the past 11 years on the trot — which is more than any other woman in the award’s 52-year history.”

New proof that Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) is among the GOP’s brightest lights. She dings Obama for approving an “out of touch pay raise” for Congress.  She vows to stop it, saying that with a $16 trillion debt and Americans facing tax hike, a congressional raise is wrong. Considering what a lousy job congressional members have been doing, it’s stunning the president wants to reward them.