UP: Bipartisan support for a free and democratic Ukraine.

DOWN: Awarding the Olympic games to despotic regimes.

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2013 file photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. This is a year of auditioning, positioning, networking and just plain hard work for people who are considering running for president in 2016. You could see them stirring in 2013 as they plugged holes in resumes, took preliminary steps to build potential campaign organizations and made carefully calibrated moves to get better known by Americans generally and key constituencies in particular. Most _ but not all _ are ticking off items on what could be called the presidential prep checklist. And they’ve got baggage to deal with. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

UP: A possible title change for the senior senator from Kentucky: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.”

DOWN: Number of Democrats running on Obamacare.

UP: GOP animosity toward Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.)

DOWN: Importance of stunts like the shutdown and debt ceiling cloture vote.

UP: Worry the Iran deal will be the beginning of “containment.”

DOWN: Israeli confidence the Jewish state can avoid using military force to disarm Iran.

UP: “Hillary Clinton was the greatest secretary of state ever.”

DOWN: “Hillary Clinton was constantly overridden by the White House.”

UP: Mainstream Republican senators.

DOWN: Senate Conservatives Fund favorite right-wing challengers.

UP: Republicans attacking President Obama for cuts to Medicare Advantage.

DOWN: Democrats playing the Mediscare game.

UP: White House proposed spending.

DOWN: Obama’s concern about entitlement reform.

UP: The lame duck presidency — for almost 3 more years.

DOWN: Immigration reform.

UP: Cost of Obamacare if millions of young people don’t sign up quickly.

DOWN: Meeting the Obamacare enrollment goal.