High praise for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.): “Finally, someone is laying out our positions in an effective way and exposing Obama’s positions, because certainly Obama’s not going to expose his own record.”

Kudos for a single brave Democrat. There isn’t one? Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.): “I hope one Democrat will look at Hagel’s record and some of the outrageous statements he’s made about the state of Israel and reconsider and have one Democrat vote no. If you could find one Democrat to vote no, the floodgates would open, but I don’t know.”

Hear! Hear! “US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that America would not ‘get trapped in a delay-after-delay process’ of negotiations with Iran.” I’m telling you, Kerry is going to be the best one of the lot in the second term.

Secretary of State John Kerry (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

An ode to Congress. “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she opposes a cut in congressional pay because it would diminish the dignity of lawmakers’ jobs.” They do all that on their own, no?

Thumbs up for his honesty. “One of the top Defense Department scholars debunked President Obama’s ‘pernicious’ claim that ‘the tides of war are receding,’ warning Congress of a number of rising global threats, before implying that the president’s ‘real agenda is cutting defense, not contributing to our security.’ ”

Unlike liberal media, no raves here. “Obama Bores Preschoolers.” That’s what you get for using little kids as props.

Chuck Hagel is stalled and now John Brennan isn’t getting many cheers. “John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to run the Central Intelligence Agency, is getting renewed scrutiny for a highly questionable claim he made during his confirmation hearings last week. On Tuesday, two Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Marco Rubio and James Risch, wrote to Brennan to request additional information concerning Ali Harzi, a suspect in the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi. Brennan, in an exchange with Rubio, had said of Harzi that the U.S. government ‘didn’t have anything on him.’ The claim is almost certainly false. The U.S. government provided evidence of Harzi’s involvement in those attacks to the governments of Turkey and Tunisia, which had both held Harzi as the U.S. tried to gain access to him for questioning.” Why so many untruths about Benghazi?