A phony Keystone XL vote in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, says Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): “The question isn’t whether energy-state Democrats can support a Keystone bill in committee — it’s whether or not they’ll continue to stand with their party and their leader in blocking the full Senate from voting on it.” Yup.

U.S. President Barack Obama listens to a question during a visit to Pittsburgh June 17, 2014. During the event, Obama said that Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, was being transported to the United States after his capture on Sunday. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) President Obama listens to a question during a visit to Pittsburgh.(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

A fraudulent attack goes awry. “A Democratic ad in the Arkansas governor’s race falsely accuses GOP nominee Asa Hutchinson of allowing wasteful spending of taxpayer funds for employee bonuses and a lavish ‘birthday party.’ In fact, Hutchinson wasn’t running the agency in question, and wasn’t cited by the report that brought the expenditures to light.” Other than that it was perfectly accurate.

While environmentalists make up fictitious objections to the Keystone XL pipeline, the danger in sending trains around the country is real. “Communities throughout the U.S. and Canada are waking up to the dark side of North America’s energy boom: Trains hauling crude oil are crashing, exploding and spilling in record numbers as a fast-growing industry outpaces the federal government’s oversight.”

This rejects, of course, the fallacious libertarian argument that use of drones in war is governed by due process protections. “Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Wednesday that the deteriorating situation in Iraq ‘cries out’ for President Obama to launch drone strikes. ‘I’m a great believer in drones, and I think that this situation cries out for it,’ Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat, said following a closed-door meeting of the Democratic Caucus in the Capitol.” If you are against drones and air power and boots on the ground I guess you are giving up the Middle East to al-Qaeda.

The false notion we are “ending” wars has just about imploded. “We now have this big ungovernable space along the Syrian-Iraqi border that will have all the attributes of Afghanistan pre-9/11, but on much more valuable real estate, much more strategically important part of the world.”

The faux aura of competence is gone, but we have him around for a while. “[W]hat Obama does have to do is be president for the next two and a half years. And he’d like to spend that time building some sort of second-term legacy for himself.  The leadership numbers — if they sustain — badly complicate those efforts.”

Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) takes on the fiction put out by anonymous spinners for the administration. “Cotton to Anonymous Critics of Bergdahl’s Platoon: Show Yourself, or ‘Shut up.'”