Sen. Marco Rubio has got it right. Evangelicals see foreign policy in moral terms. “In an implicit refutation of Rand Paul’s world view, outlined by the Kentucky senator in an earlier speech at the same lunch, Rubio stressed that chaos will reign if America reduces its footprint overseas. . . .’If America’s light is extinguished, there is no other light,’ he said. ‘We are called not to hide our light but to shine it. If we lose the will … there is nothing to replace us,’ he added in a speech that received a standing ovation.”

Forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Rami Bleible/Reuters) Forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Rami Bleible/Reuters)

Imagine this: The anti-immigrant  advocates aren’t giving us the accurate cost of the Gang of Eight plan. “Public debate about immigration is being distorted by unfounded concerns over the financial burden that new arrivals put on governments, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said in a report Thursday.” Worth reading in full.

If you say the scandals aren’t all known yet, you are correct. Ed Royce, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, writes a letter to the State Department’s deputy inspector general: “I am troubled by reports that senior State Department officials may have prevented the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) from investigating instances of administrative and criminal misconduct within the Department.  I am likewise concerned that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) was reportedly aware of eight separate instances in which senior political appointees within the Department “influenced, manipulated, or simply called off” these cases, yet it failed to disclose this information to Congress.”

If you think Democrats are grandstanding on the NSA issue to win favor with the left-wing base, you are dead on. “Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, one of the harshest critics of the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program, skipped a briefing with Obama administration officials on NSA’s PRISM program, according to a source familiar with the situation. . . The source said that while attendees waited for Merkley before beginning the meeting, the liberal Democrat made only a brief appearance before excusing himself and then going on MSNBC’s Hardball.”

An effective Gabriel Gomez ad gives us some real math . . . or is it arithmetic?

You mean the president hasn’t been straight with us? ” It’s called the Affordable Care Act, but President Barack Obama’s health care law may turn out to be unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels. . . . It’s not exactly the picture the administration has painted. The president portrays his health care law as economic relief for struggling workers.”

Former Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl is spot on. “‘The lack of dedication to finding a solution to the problem on the Republican side convinced me that we had to begin to find an alternative way of discussing this subject because clearly we were not being effective in our conversation,’ said Kyl. Kyl took issue in particular with the views of Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), a prospective 2016 presidential candidate and a new member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.”