Don’t wait for MSNBC to retract its bogus story. “The city whose Democratic mayor said GOP Gov. Chris Christie’s administration tied Superstorm Sandy aid to her support for a real estate project has, so far, received a level of aid from state-run programs that is similar to what other towns got, a review of grant data shows.”

epa04031184 Protesters clash with riot police during their protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 19 January 2014. Violence broke out 19 January at anti-government protests as hundreds of opposition supporters armed with clubs tried to break through a police blockade and storm the Ukrainian parliament. The demonstrations took on a sharper tone after last week's passage of new laws that protesters and human rights groups said are designed to stifle dissent. They criminalize libel, establish new penalties for unlawful protests and make it easier to strip legislators of their immunity. EPA/ALEXEY FURMAN Protesters clash with riot police in Kiev, Ukraine last Sunday. (Alexey Furman/European Pressphoto Agency)

Trying to rewrite history, again. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) insists: “I didn’t threaten to shut down the government the last time. I don’t think we should ever shut down the government.” That’s plain nuts, but it says volumes about how stupid the shutdown was that the leading advocate disavows any responsibility.

The senator rejects the idea he’s even under investigation. “The fugitive Ecuadorian bankers at the center of an alleged FBI probe of Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) deny that they traded campaign donations for political support from the senator. Menendez reportedly sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security in 2012 lobbying against an Ecuadorian government extradition request for the two bankers, brothers William and Roberto Isaias Dassum, who were convicted of embezzlement in Ecuador and are living in Miami. The FBI is allegedly investigating whether political donations by the bankers’ family members were related to Menendez’s lobbying effort, WNBC New York first reported.”

A bunch of red state senators must recoil when they hear this question. “Karl Grills Carney: Will Obamacare Have Been Worth It if Dems Lose the Senate?”

Some of that heritage is going to repulse a lot of voters. “Coming of age in America’s first family of libertarianism — he calls his father, a three-time presidential aspirant, ‘my hero’ — Rand Paul was steeped in a narrow, rightward strain of the ideology, according to interviews, documents, and a review of speeches, articles and books. Some of its adherents have formulated provocative theories on race, class and American history, and routinely voice beliefs that go far beyond the antiwar, anti-big-government, pro-civil-liberties message of the broader movement that has attracted legions of college students, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and Tea Party activists.”

Politicians can refuse to give Vladimir Putin a PR triumph by not showing up. Having Billie Jean King there to represent the United States is better anyway. She said on “Meet the Press”: “Visually, there’s a message. Just showing up, there’s a message. When you see us stand there and you know we’re openly gay. But more importantly, we’re athletes. We are athletes.”

Not enough, the opposition retorts. “President Viktor Yanukovych met with opposition leaders on Saturday and offered them concessions, including the possible resignation of his government, in a bid to end two months of antigovernment protests. But the opposition, buoyed by a sense that the previously intransigent Mr. Yanukovych is on the back foot, vowed to push for more, including snap presidential elections.”