(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

The ball is in House Speaker John Boehner’s court. “Behind the scenes, the fight over the bill is pitting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) against Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.).  While Cantor wants to divide the bill and cut more spending, Lucas wants to keep it intact with only modest changes. Boehner is under pressure from all sides.”

The fault lies with the chief executive. Reuters reporter David Rohde: On the “really, really difficult decisions, they tend to split the difference. And you saw that a bit. You’ve seen that in Syria with arming the rebels, you see that a bit now in Egypt where the president has a tough statement and then, you know, I don’t know how this happened, but it was terrible optics, the next day the president goes golfing and Secretary Kerry is out on his yacht. What does that say to young people in Egypt across the Middle East … about America’s interests in the region and democracy?”

David Brooks hit a winner on “Meet the Press”: “I’ve rarely seen as intellectually a weak case as the case against the Senate immigration bill. The Republicans say they want to reduce illegal immigration; the Congressional Budget Office says the Senate bill will reduce it by a third to half. They say they want economic growth; all the top conservative economists say it’ll produce economic growth. They say they want to reduce the debt; the CBO says it will reduce the debt. All the big major objectives the Republicans stand for, the Senate immigration bill will do. The other things they’re talking about are secondary and tertiary issues. Whether we get 86% border protection or 90%—compared to the big things this bill does, they’re minuscule. I’m mystified.”

This is the name of the game, but this administration has no clue how to get there. “Lawmakers and top officials took to the Sunday shows to debate the situation in Egypt and the United States’ role moving forward as the unrest grows. Gen. Martin Dempsey, Joint Chiefs Chairman, focused on the importance of a ‘stable’ Egypt.”

If this is what the White House’s favorite economist, Mark Zandi, is saying, imagine what the Republican ads will be serving up in 2014. “Obamacare May Have Caused Huge Spike In Part-Time Workers.”

Ruining her image as the champion of women and children. “How jarring, then, for allegations to emerge of top State Department officials under Clinton concealing abuses of women and children by U.S. diplomatic staff. A State Department whistleblower has accused high-level officials of a vast cover-up that included squelching investigative findings that members of then-Secretary Clinton’s security detail — as well as the U.S. ambassador to Belgium — solicited prostitutes. . . . Here was Clinton, the self-proclaimed champion of women and children, apparently standing by as women and children were abused by people who worked for her — and the only proactive step of her trusted staff was to cover it all up.”

Rather than a referee, the army is now a combatant as Egypt descends into violence. “The A.P. is reporting that 30 have died nationwide, hundreds have been injured. The Muslim Brotherhood isn’t going gently.”

They have every reason to be upset. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was one of several lawmakers expressing dismay over Russia’s “taunting” of the United States in the Edward Snowden matter. “That reset button, we ought to throw that away. It’s clear what [Mr. Putin] is, an old apparatchik, a KGB colonel, and he’s not interested in better relations with the United States; if he was, he would make sure that Mr. Snowden was sent back to us.”