The Obamacare mess in the state supposedly with the best run exchange. “More than a year before Maryland launched its health insurance exchange, senior state officials failed to heed warnings that no one was ultimately accountable for the $170 million project and that the state lacked a plausible plan for how it would be ready by Oct. 1.”

(FILES)US President Barack Obama smiles at outgoing US Defense Secretary Robert Gates (L) after presenting him with the Medal of Freedom during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute in honour of Gates in this June 30, 2011 file photo at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Gates has delivered a scathing critique of President Barack Obama's handling of the war in Afghanistan in a revealing new memoir, US media reported January 8, 2014. In "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War," Gates recounts how Obama appeared to lack faith in a war strategy he had approved and in the commander he named to lead it, according to The New York Times and The Washington Post. He said the president also did not like Afghan President Hamid Karzai. "As I sat there, I thought: the president doesn't trust his commander, can't stand Karzai, doesn't believe in his own strategy and doesn't consider the war to be his," Gates writes of a March 2011 meeting in the White House.AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images President Barack Obama smiles at outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates after presenting him with the Medal of Freedom during the Armed Forces Farewell in 2011. (Tribute White House/AFP PHOTO)

Former defense secretary Robert Gates allegedly should have waited to release his book? Well, it seems urgent to get it out as soon as possible. “The frustration Gates expresses in 600 pages is aimed at senior civilian and military leaders of both parties who did not recognize or shoulder their responsibility to provide full support for American troops they had sent into harm’s way. That frustration is spot-on. But it is not sufficient. War does not end when we bring our troops home—it ends when our enemy loses the will or ability to continue to fight. So far he has lost neither.” Read the whole thing.

The purportedly effective Hillary Clinton was actually on a short leash. “[T]he White House kept Mrs. Clinton on a short leash throughout her years at the State Department. From foisting an unwanted deputy on her, and then granting that person enhanced status in administration debates, to shielding an ambassador she regarded as insubordinate, the White House, in Mr. Gates’s telling, all but put Mrs. Clinton in a gilded cage.”

Apparently, immigration reform is alive and well. “Bob Goodlatte: ‘No Reason’ Immigration Reform Couldn’t Give Legal Status To Undocumented.”

According to the president, he ostensibly ended wars. No wonder the terrorists have the upper hand again. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.): “don’t think we can ignore what’s in [Gates’s] book, and I think, for many of us, it confirms our worst fears. . . You saw that reflected in the decision that [Obama] made. At the same time that he announced the surge, he also announced an exit date and strategy, thereby emboldening the Taliban to believe they could wait us out. This is an administration full of people that either have the wrong convictions, or, in the case of former Secretary Clinton, lacked the courage of her convictions.”

His chances over for the presidency, insist reportedly serious conservative media outlets. It doesn’t look that way so far. “Several leading Republicans on Sunday defended New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s handling of the bridge scandal and said the controversy isn’t likely to undermine a possible 2016 presidential bid.” Too soon to tell, I think.

The Iran interim deal is evidently nowhere to be found. How do we know there is one?