We are lucky to have them. “[R]esearchers at Duke University, the University of California (Berkeley) and Stanford University reported that ‘43.9 percent of Silicon Valley startups founded in the last seven years had at least one key founder who was an immigrant.’ These companies generated more than $60 billion of revenue and employed some 560,000 people. According to the National Science Foundation, during the last half-century, foreign-born students earned three-quarters of U.S. doctorate degrees in mathematics, engineering and computer science. Once they graduate, U.S. educated foreign students are awarded patents at a significantly higher rate than U.S.-born workers.”

Capitol building (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is fortunate to have these people as adversaries. Glenn Kessler gives 4 Pinnocchio’s to a Mediscare ad attacking the freshman congressman: “It’s pretty shameful that Democrats are still attacking Republicans for a Medicare proposal that has been substantially revised, especially in an ad that concerns a lawmaker who was not even in Congress when the initial version was unveiled. Certainly questions could be raised about the Republican Medicare plan. But that’s no excuse for flogging such an old horse, especially when these errors of fact have been repeatedly called out by fact checkers.”

By any chance, whom do we suppose would even bother to ask? “Someone in the White House needs to be asking every morning at an interagency meeting: What are we doing today to deliver on the president’s promise to help [rebels’ general] and the Syrian moderates prevail?”

As fate would have it, I agree with him, for once. “[Sen.] Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) . . . urged a strong response to Russia’s refusal to extradite National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. ‘They should pay a price, either diplomatic, economic, geopolitical, for doing what they did. They’re always putting their finger in our eye,’ said Schumer on ‘Fox News Sunday,’ arguing for repercussions against Russia.”

It is a fortuitous time to remind pundits that the overwhelming number of Americans oppose late-term abortions. On Wendy Davis: “It seems to me, and I think it seems to many Americans, that what she is speaking for and standing for is something we recognize as infanticide, late-term abortion, the taking of a little child’s life. That is really, really serious. And, so, part of me thinks, such a fabulous young woman, and part of me thinks, oh my goodness, we’re celebrating something that even in Europe they call a matter of brutality and barbarism.”

Will lightning strike twice in Egypt? “Anti-government demonstrators in Egypt expressed anger and contempt for the Obama administration as they took to the streets on Sunday to demand the removal of Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohamed Morsi. Millions of anti-Morsi activists were expected to gather today in historic Tahrir Square, the site of the same demonstrations that brought down former President Hosni Mubarak.” They have a point. Why is President Obama supporting a dictator whose record on civil liberties is awful?

John Kerry hits the jackpot in the Middle East — another meeting! “John Kerry, US secretary of state, ended a shuttle diplomacy mission on Sunday without an agreement on resuming Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, but said gaps had been narrowed and he would return to the region soon,” Reuters reports from Tel Aviv. I suppose this keeps him out of trouble in areas of the world where pressing events are transpiring.

By serendipity they might have done something useful. “The president of the European Parliament has demanded ‘full clarification’ from the U.S. after it was alleged that the National Security Agency collected information on European institutions as part of its spying activities.” Depending on what they found, maybe the Europeans should start clarifying.