Not exactly soft on immigration reform. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R):  “I’m glad that they finally decided to talk about the ‘border surge’ that we’ve called out for since 2010.”

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

Anti-immigration reform Republicans are light on support from actual Republicans. “Broad majorities – across party lines – continue to support a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants. And large majorities also say this legislation must include increased border security. . . . Broad majorities of Republicans agree with some of the arguments made by proponents of a legalization path: 76% say deportation is unrealistic, and 70% say it would be better for the economy if undocumented immigrants had legal status and were legal workers.”

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) gently jabs his MSNBC hosts. “Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), after being read a passage of a New York Times op-ed about the ‘great disconnect’ between the Obama administration’s agenda and the desires of the American people on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe,’ said he didn’t need to read that newspaper to know that the country remained focus [sic] on jobs and economic growth.”

Easy to see why the Supreme Court would take this one. “The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge of President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), setting the stage for a major ruling on executive power.
The high court will look at a federal appeals court ruling in January that struck down Obama’s recess appointments to the labor board. If upheld, that ruling could dramatically curtail the use of recess appointments by presidents.”

Deeply disappointing? More than slightly embarrassing. The Chinese must think we are fools. “An exasperated Obama administration urged Russia to expel Mr. Snowden and return him to the United States, and said relations with China had been dealt a setback.

Even Dems have figured out how flimsy Obama’s foreign policy is. “Frustrated by the muddle that is U.S. policy in Syria, a growing cadre of hawkish Democrats are putting pressure on the White House to finally outline to the public and to Congress its objectives in the protracted 2 ½ year civil war. The latest and perhaps most outspoken Democrat to prod the administration is Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, who tells The Cable he’s tired of waiting for the White House to articulate its goals in Syria — and how it hopes to achieve them.”

Not a trivial point. “A poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that after the storm in New York and New Jersey, friends, relatives and neighbors were cited the most often as the people who helped them make it through. People overwhelmingly said the Oct. 29 storm brought out the best in their neighbors, who shared generators, food, water and other supplies. Far fewer said they found help from federal or state governments.” Is anyone surprised?