Is HealthCare.gov as bad as Target in protecting sensitive data? “As those who found out the hard way can tell you, HealthCare.gov takes and holds a lot of sensitive information including social security numbers, names, and other information that can be transmitted. It’s also been reported that hackers have attempted to break into the website at least 16 different times. Several experts say those numbers are very conservative estimates of known attempts. Health and Human Services (HHS) contractors also identified security vulnerabilities, which HHS ignored, before the site went public on October 1st. The protections and breach notification standards for Obamacare – which people were forced into – don’t even meet the minimal standards put in place for the private sector.”

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, smiles during a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, at Tehran's Saadabad Palace in Iran, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Karzai arrived in Tehran for a one-day visit on Sunday to discuss regional and international issues with Iranian officials. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi) Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (Ebrahim Noroozi/Associated Press)

If the final deal is as good as the interim deal for them, the mullahs will be high-fiving. “Iranian oil exports hit a high in December, just one month after Western nations inked a nuclear pact with Iran that guaranteed up to $7 billion in economic sanctions relief.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says with as many as 200 bills that the House has passed to promote job growth, Senate Democrats should find something they like. “There are nearly 200 bills sitting in the Senate. Harry Reid can pick up some of those bills. There are some bipartisan bills over there that will help job creation so we don’t have to accept the new normal that the Democrats seem to want to accept as far as unemployment and job prospects.”

As much as they spin up their base about gun control, Democrats desperately want ex-mayor Michael Bloomberg to pipe down. “The president and Democrats were happy to support Bloomberg’s opposition toward the proliferation of firearms so long as it was not principled. However, when Bloomberg’s group released an ad targeting Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) over his opposition to new gun ownership restrictions, it became clear that Bloomberg was actually serious about this public policy initiative. So serious, in fact, that he would go as far as to challenge an embattled Democratic incumbent whose loss in November could help hand control of the U.S. Senate over to Republicans. This could not stand.”

As late as it is, this is welcomed news. “16 months after the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, the Administration is confirming what it has long known – that Ansar al-Sharia carried out an attack against the United States that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. The Obama Administration should be doing all it can to hunt down those responsible for this terrorist attack.  I’m gravely concerned that they are not.”

With as little as they’ve gotten from us, this is no small achievement. “Syrian rebels ejected a Qaeda-linked militant group from its headquarters in the city of Aleppo on Wednesday, according to an opposition group that monitors the war from Britain. The strike was a sharp blow to the group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has been losing ground to rebel forces in the worst round of infighting yet between opponents of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.”

As high as your employer-provided insurance costs are now, they’ll soon be higher. “A growing number of corporations are blaming ObamaCare, as they pass further healthcare costs on to workers, according to a new survey of financial executives. Consulting firm Deloitte reported that 42 percent of chief financial officers who have shifted additional healthcare costs to workers cited the Affordable Care Act as their impetus.”

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.