He can’t help himself. “President Obama insisted Sunday that additional tax revenue will need to be part of future deficit deals, but said hikes in tax rates may not be necessary. In a pre-Super Bowl interview with CBS, the president outlined his vision for further deficit reduction, which he said was essential, but in a way that preserves the government’s ability to continue spending on key programs.” Never enough taxes or enough spending.

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

It helps to have one powerhouse defending Western civilization. “The Israeli attack last week on a Syrian convoy of antiaircraft weapons appears to have also hit the country’s main research center for work on biological and chemical weapons, according to American officials who are sorting through intelligence reports.”

Help has arrived at CNN. “CNN’s new morning show is being prepped for an April launch, just a month before the critical upfront buying gets started on Madison Avenue . . . .While no one expects [Jeff] Zucker to steal share from the get-go, the revamped offering will no doubt get all the marketing and promotional support that Zucker is famed for.”

I don’t think they need any help from him. “President Barack Obama condemned the ban on gays from openly joining the Boy Scouts of America Sunday in an interview with CBS News two hours before Super Bowl kickoff.” Really, must everything be his business?

It would help if all politicians butted out. Conservatives are supposed to let private organizations decide things on their own. “Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke out Saturday against potential changes which could permit, for the first time, openly gay members in the Boy Scouts of America.”

Chuck Hagel didn’t help himself, but he sure gave Republicans a boost. A must-read from Dorothy Rabinowitz: “It has been a long time since Republicans showed a fighting temper of this kind, unyielding in its contempt for what the choice of Hagel represents about core values like the national defense, our stance regarding the most dangerous of our enemies in the world. If the Hagel hearings had done nothing else—they had in fact done everything else in their revelations, if not the final outcome—they had, in this time of postelection dreariness, shown Republicans come roaring to life. They had been moved to do so by Mr. Obama’s nomination of Mr. Hagel—a gift to the Republicans, though perhaps not to the national defense.” Read the whole thing.

A criminologist helps with providing actual facts for the gun debate. “If one examines the full range of cases–all shootings with at least four victims killed, the numbers have been trendless. Over the past 35 years, there has been an average of just under 20 incidents per year. Of course, most were not as well-publicized, or as large-scale, as Sandy Hook.” Read the whole thing. If they aren’t increasing and overall murder and crime rates are going down, could it be that guns aren’t the problem?