It’s like batting practice for Jill Abramson. “Ejected from the editorship at The New York Times two months ago amid accusations that her management approach was too aggressive, she is now engaged in a cheery campaign to bend public opinion her way. Her strategy, in case it’s not obvious, is to seek out prominent female journalists for a congenial discussion of her ousting, so long as there’s no serious discussion of her ousting. So far, Abramson is choosing well.” Hey, maybe Abramson should sign on with team Hillary.

ASHDOD, ISRAEL - JULY 08: The Iron Dome air-defense system fires to intercept a rocket over the city of Ashdod on July 8, 2014, in Ashdod, Israel. Due to recent escalation in the region, the Israeli army started new deployments at the border with the Gaza Strip. In the past 3 weeks more then 130 rockets where reportedly fired from Gaza into Israel. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images) The Iron Dome air-defense system fires to intercept a rocket over the city of Ashdod, Israel, on July 8.  (Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)

Hamas is certainly in a league of its own when it comes to directing resources for terrorism. Remember this next time you hear calls to lift the Gaza “blockade”: “Israeli forces have uncovered 30 tunnels and 66 entryways, and targeted over 1,800 sites in the Gaza Strip since ground forces moved into the Hamas-controlled territory Thursday, the army says in a statement. On Tuesday, the IDF [struck] 260 sites, including military posts, rocket launchers, weapons sites, and command center, says the statement.” I imagine the United States would show no “restraint” if this terror infrastructure existed next door.

Remember when Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni used to let it rip when it came to the prime minister’s approach toward the Palestinians? No more. ” ‘There is no real option for a cease-fire now. This operation is unavoidable,’ the left-wing minister told Army Radio. ‘Hamas is not close to a cease-fire in terms of its conditions,’ she added. ‘Its [Hamas’s] conditions are not conditions that are accepted – not by us, not by the Egyptians, not by the Americans, not by the Palestinian Authority and I’m certain that Israel will not agree.’ ”

Even with pitches right over the plate, Hillary Clinton has whiffed again and again. “She’s lost control of her public image — the worst thing that can happen to somebody who is thinking of running for president. And its at a time when she should be, you know, in command. She had a book tour, she could control the message. Her [operation] is playing defense on a lot of stories. She can recover from it, but right now she’s lost control of how people are thinking, how the media is covering her.” No thought control?! That’ll make a 2016 run harder.

Why doesn’t President Obama step up to the plate and blast Hamas for his sort of thing instead of roughing up Israel? “For the second time in less than a week, rockets are found in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the body says.” Where is the U.N. investigation of Hamas’s war crimes?

Some heavy hitters on the Democratic side get on the administration’s case. “Three Senate committee chairmen are urging President Obama to impose broad sanctions against Russia’s defense sector, as well as its energy and financial industries, in response to Russia’s alleged involvement in the downing of Flight MH17 last week.”

Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute covers all the bases: “Think about this: the death toll in Gaza is now around 600. This is dreadful, but it’s also a deliberate choice on Hamas’ part. What’s the death toll in Syria? Seven-hundred in the last 48 hours. Total? More than 170,000. Iraq since ISIS moved in? More than 5,500. What has John Kerry done about that? Yeah. Step back a moment and consider the world today: Ukraine, Gaza, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Mexico, Nigeria, Mali, Egypt, Venezuela… How is the world a safer place? A better place for our values? A better place for our allies? And what is the outlook for the next leader of the free world? …. Right.” Read the whole thing.