Morning Action: From Benghazi to al Qaeda, Obama’s National Security Record Tarnished

ON THE RUN.  President Obama’s campaign claim that al Qaeda is “on the run” is far from true.  A smattering of headlines this morning suggest Obama’s policy is approach should be run out of town:

The Hill: Resurgent al Qaeda casts doubt on Obama’s national security record
Wall Street Journal Op-Ed: The Al Qaeda Obama Forgot
Heritage: Where NOT to Travel This Month
Washington Post Editorial: Wishful thinking on the war on terror

PRAYER.  Is congressional prayer under threat?  Roll Call reports:

An upcoming Supreme Court case has caught the attention of lawmakers concerned with curbs on public prayer, including their own. 

The case, originating out of the Rochester, N.Y., suburb of Greece, asks if opening sessions of the town board with a prayer violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. 

In filing an amicus brief, 34 senators (33 of them Republicans) ponder the question of whether such a prohibition would apply broadly to legislative bodies including their own.

STUDENT LOANS.  What interest rate would you charge if you knew just one in five could pay the loan back?  Surely it would be more than the 4.6 percent rate set by Republicans and Democrats in Congress.  The Wall Street Journal reports on the dismal state of federal student loan lending:

The report indicates that a significant number of borrowers in the new program are unable to repay. Excluding borrowers who don’t yet have to make payments because they are still in school or within the grace period, more than a fifth—about 22%—are in default or forbearance, a program that allows borrowers to postpone payments for a period, typically for financial reasons. 

GUN CONTROL.  The media never misses an opportunity to play up divisions on the right, while letting divisions on the left go unnoticed.  Yahoo breaks the mold, reporting on high-ranking divisions on gun control:

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., pointed some of the blame for the failed Senate debate over comprehensive background checksat New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who dedicated millions of dollars to eviscerating senators who opposed such legislation.

“Unfortunately, you have some on the left like the mayor of New York City, who actually didn’t help a bit with his ads. He actually turned off some people that we might have gotten for supporters,” Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in an interview to air on C-SPAN Newsmakers on Sunday.




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