Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (Jim Watson/Associated Press) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (Jim Watson/Associated Press)

Out of steam. “As the Supreme Court prepares to once again weigh in on the issue of affirmative action, a record-low number of Americans support such programs, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.”

Out of tune. Pols shrieking about the NSA programs may be yelping up the wrong tree. “A  majority of Americans – 56% – say the National Security Agency’s (NSA) program tracking the telephone records of millions of Americans is an acceptable way for the government to investigate terrorism, though a substantial minority – 41% – say it is unacceptable.”

Out of sight. Eventually, Hillary Clinton will have to tell us what she thinks. “Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton may be keeping mum about the Obama administration’s latest domestic spying scandal, but in the past the potential Democratic presidential candidate has taken vastly different positions on government’s ability to monitor private citizens. Throughout her career Clinton has found herself on both sides of the security fence: railing and voting against Bush-era spying efforts as a senator while working with those same programs as a member of Obama’s inner circle.”

Out of their depth? Most pols have scant acquaintance with the tenets of self-government, Peter Berkowitz counsels: “A properly liberal education, one devoted to preparing citizens for the responsibilities of freedom, would work against these tendencies. It would fortify students for public service by promoting respect for facts, evidence, and argument; teaching them there are at least two sides to the great moral and political issues of the day, thereby expanding students’ imaginations and fostering appreciation of opposing points of view and of those who hold them; and instilling respect for liberty of thought and discussion by organizing campus life in accordance with its imperatives. Until liberal education in America is reformed, however, abuses of power of the sort we have witnessed by administration officials can be expected because such conduct faithfully expresses the most pervasive and basic lessons our universities teach future public servants.”

Out of time. “Iran is working round the clock to enlarge its nuclear infrastructure with the eventual aim of developing an industry capable of building up to 30 bombs a year, an Israeli minister charged on Monday. Speaking to reporters in Jerusalem, Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said Tehran was ‘very close’ to crossing the red line laid out by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year.”

Out of excuses. Why not admit that President George W. Bush had it right? “Hoyer: No comparison between Obama, Bush on secret NSA surveillance.”

Out of sorts. “U.S. stocks fell and the dollar slumped, extending a bout of market turmoil as investors puzzled out the implications of a possible tightening of central-bank easy-money policies. The sharp moves came after volatility in global markets overnight as investors fretted that the U.S. Federal Reserve would soon move to cut back on the money it has been pumping into the economy.”