Taking on the liberal inequality argument. “Over the coming year, the economic populists will attempt to argue that all would be well in low income America if only the rich were taxed more to pay for universal pre-K, more public school funding, better child care, and on and on. Conservatives should welcome this debate. Over the past five decades, the same arguments have been made many times, and oftentimes resulted in legislation expanding the federal welfare support structure. But the promised results never arrived.”

epa04019414 A general view of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC, USA, 13 January 2014. The Supreme Court heard arguments in a dispute over the power of the US president to temporarily fill top-level posts while the Senate is in recess, 13 January 2014. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS The Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments in a dispute over the power of the president to temporarily fill top-level posts while the Senate is in recess. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)

Who’s going to stand up to bare-knuckle politics like this? “Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen says it’s a ‘mystery’ as to why he was included on a reported ‘political hit list’ for endorsing President Barack Obama that was drafted by Hillary Clinton’s team during her 2008 campaign. ‘I have to say, it’s a total mystery to me,’ Van Hollen said Monday on MSNBC’s Jansing & Co.”

Defying Israel’s enemies even in death. “Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip during the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon next to his farm in Southern Israel, prompting retaliation from the Israeli Air Force. Sharon was buried the way he had lived much of his adult life: as the central figure in an elaborate military operation. Air Force attack helicopters and warplanes patrolled the skies nearby as Sharon was laid to rest less than five miles from the Gaza Strip.”

Now might be a good time to bring to heel the Port Authority. “It strikes us that what we need is a leader like Mr. Christie to take on the Port Authority from the local end and a reform Congress to take it from the national end.”

David Adesnik challenges the isolationists’ phony straw man arguments. “Of course, US intervention in Syria – for now a dead letter – was unlikely to involve boots on the ground. Instead it could’ve followed the pattern of Kosovo and Libya, where US and allied air power provided a decisive advantage to indigenous rebel forces. In Syria, the US had the opportunity to remove a tyrant who was a critical asset for both Iran and Hezbollah.”

The Supreme Court seems ready to cut down to size the president’s recess appointment powers. “The Supreme Court appeared Monday to disapprove of three recess appointments by President Obama in a case that tests the limits of executive power. Nearly every justice on the nation’s highest adjudicating body questioned the constitutionality of his 2012 National Labor Relations Board picks, which bypassed Senate confirmation.” When the solicitor general has lost Justice Kagan, you know he’s in trouble.

Dems will confront angry voters upset with Obama’s policies. “If Republicans are to gain the six seats they need to take control of the Senate, they almost surely must win in Arkansas this year, which would add to their big victories in the past two elections in Arkansas. . . . Faced with a deeply unpopular president, Mark Pryor sidesteps Obama rather than criticizes him, and asks voters to see him more as an Arkansan than a national Democrat.” Then maybe he shouldn’t have voted like one.