Sen. John McCain grew increasingly stern while grilling defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, a fellow Republican and Vietnam War veteran. McCain pushed for Hagel's analysis of the 2007 troop surge that many credit for turning around the Iraq War. Was the surge a good idea?
"I expect a direct answer," McCain insisted.
"Well," Hagel said, "I'm not going to give you a yes-or-no answer on a lot of things."
"Yes or no," McCain instructed.
"I'm not going to give you a yes or no," Hagel countered, "It's far more complicated than that. ... I'll defer that judgment to history."
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio drew heat from party brethren for teaming with some Democrats on immigration reform.
Said GOP Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana: "He's just amazingly naive on this. ... As soon as you give them a legal status, they are here legally forever, and probably they're citizens pretty darn soon after. And if Marco thinks no matter what happens or doesn't happen on the enforcement side, that's not going to happen, I just think he's nuts."
That prompted "a source close to Rubio" to send an email to Politico saying, "Vitter has done some nuttier things in his life."
Politico read that as a reference to Vitter's 2007 admission that his phone number appeared on a client list of a Washington, D.C., madam. A New Orleans-based prostitute and madam have also, separately, accused Vitter of being a client, but he has denied those charges.
Speaking of ...
Sen. Bob Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat newly in charge of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had a rough week. One sign of that was this statement from his office: "Any allegations of engaging with prostitutes are manufactured by a politically motivated right-wing blog and are false."
The Daily Caller last fall cited a "high-level government official" in the Dominican Republic alleging the senator had sex with prostitutes. The conservative outfit also contended that Menendez traveled with a major Democrat, eye doctor Salomon Melgen, to and from the country. Melgen's Florida offices were raided recently by federal officials regarding an IRS debt.
A Menendez spokesman revealed the senator had written a $58,500 check as reimbursement for two 2010 flights on the doctor's plane.
The U.S. Justice Department is suing to stop Anheuser-Busch InBev's $20.1 billion takeover of Grupo Modelo, maker of Corona and other beers, on grounds it would "substantially lessen competition" and force people to pay more for beer while getting less selection.
The brewers control about 46 percent of U.S. beer sales.
Combined, though, the feds worry that a single company wouldn't keep selling such fine products as Bud Light Lime, introduced in 2008 to challenge Corona.
The question askers at Gallup had people identify themselves as conservative, liberal or moderate. Conservatives outnumbered liberals in all but two states and the District of Columbia.
And although Kansas ranked among the 10 most Republican states in the country, it's not among the most conservative. Alabama, North Dakota, Wyoming, Mississippi and Utah all had 48 percent or more of respondents describing themselves as conservative.
Kansas was the 18th most conservative in the union, while Missouri was a middling 20th.
"Light may not have mass, momentum, charge or a chemical formula," notes RedState.com, "but it now shares an important distinction with many elements found on the periodic table. In France, light is being regulated as a pollutant."
The French are fighting light pollution, ordering office lights turned off overnight and shop lights down after 1 a.m. Part of the regulation is aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
"The proponents of this tactical retreat to ages before Edison claim it will save enough energy to power 750,000 French households every year," continues RedState. "It once again amazes ... what depredations of liberty are possible when they are sold as environment-friendly policy."
Horton hears a ... what?
The writers of "The Daily Show" channel Dr. Seuss:
Oh, the people who hate you:
... They complained when you shot Osama.
So on a train, a plane or a llama,
rolling a 44 at Bowl-a-rama,
despite your nice white Kansas mama, comma,
They do not like you, Barack Obama.