UP: Ohio Gov. John Kasisch

DOWN: Ohio public employee unions

Lois Lerner, the director of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) exempt organizations office, listens during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Lerner, the mid-level IRS official at the center of a controversy over treatment of small-government groups, invoked her right not to testify after reading a statement denying that she had committed any crimes. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Lois Lerner Lois Lerner during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing last year. (Pete Marovich/Bloomberg)

UP: The “trifecta” of foreign policy failures

DOWN: “Smart power”

UP: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.)

DOWN: Hamid Aboutalebi

UP: Afghan democracy

DOWN: Egyptian democracy

UP: Jeb Bush’s ability to make himself a top-tier contender for 2016

DOWN: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s ability to escape his father’s foreign policy extremism

UP: Concrete evidence the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservatives

DOWN: Lois Lerner

UP: Media fact checking the wage gap between men and women

DOWN: The “war on women”

UP: A confirmation hearing to pry loose Obamacare stats

DOWN: Kathleen Sebelius’s reputation

UP: Political parties post-McCutcheon

DOWN: Sen. Harry Reid’s credibility post-Koch brothers attacks

UP: RNC’s fundraising operation

DOWN: Tea party candidate selection