Yikes. “The Air Force is firing nine mid-level commanders and disciplining dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base in response to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported. The Air Force says the firings are unprecedented in the history of the intercontinental ballistic missile force, which consists of 450 Minuteman 3 nuclear-tipped missiles at bases in Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota.”

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Thunk. “Harry Reid: I don’t recall accusing Republicans of lying about ObamaCare horror stories.”

Oof. More bad news for MSNBC: “An investigation commissioned by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie cleared the potential Republican presidential contender on Thursday of wrongdoing in the ‘Bridgegate’ scandal and blamed senior staffers for orchestrating the massive traffic jam.” More Koch brothers coverage, then!

Yowser. The Ed Gillespie campaign argues: “Senator Mark Warner faces a tough political environment in his fight for a second term. Frustration with the president and his administration are significant factors in Warner’s underwhelming showing on the ballot test, as is Warner’s support for Obamacare, which a majority of Virginia voters oppose. In an already-difficult year for Democrats due to those factors and more, Warner’s 46% on the ballot is a dangerous baseline heading into the November election.” Gillespie is still behind double digits, but it is early.

Oops. President Obama caught spinning his meeting with the Pope. “Obama downplays Vatican Obamacare talk.”

Ugh. “When President Barack Obama touches down in Saudi Arabia this week, he will be stepping into a human rights nightmare. Freedom House considers Saudi Arabia one of the world’s worst countries for political rights and civil liberties. Amnesty International warns that the Kingdom is undergoing a ‘sustained crackdown on human rights activists.’ And if the president declines to address these issues during his visit, he will be indirectly facilitating repression by Riyadh.”

Ouch. From a smart letter to the Wall Street Journal editor: “When the number of opportunities are limited—ships to command, staffs to lead and senior enlisted positions, the most strongly driven and best people are going to leave the Navy or other military branch for the private sector. The people that remain may be good sailors, but too many are going to have skills more suited to administration and bureaucracy than commanding and leading men and fighting their ships. We used to call this condition a ‘hollow’ Navy.”