David Ignatius in The Washington Post on the latest Israeli-Palestinian peace process Just because Secretary of State John Kerry has kept the Israel-Palestinian peace process quiet, that doesn't mean he isn't making progress, Ignatius writes. "Kerry has been plugging along these past six months, and he seems to have gotten somewhere. People rarely make money gambling on Middle East peace, but once again, it’s time to place your bets." Brian Katulis of the Center for American Progress reminds us that Kerry's push for peace "will require courage & leadership on all sides." But The Atlantic national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg is doubtful: "On Middle East peace talks, @IgnatiusPost is somewhat more optimistic than I am."
Norm Ornstein in National Journal on Republican attempts to sabotage Obamacare It's one thing to argue vehemently against a law and oppose its passage, but what Republicans are doing against Obamacare "is simply unprecedented," Ornstein writes. "What is going on now to sabotage Obamacare is not treasonous—just sharply beneath any reasonable standards of elected officials with the fiduciary responsibility of governing." Faced with a disagreeable law, responsible lawmakers would attempt to repeal it (without excessive grandstanding), amend it, minimize its pain, or step back and watch it fail, but the current Republican leadership's undermining of Obamacare "is simply unacceptable, even contemptible." Ornstein's "haymakers" (as Huffington Post political editor Sam Stein dubbed them) got cheers from the White House, as Dan Pfeiffer tweets, "Everyone following Obamacare, politics or Congress [should] read Norm Ornstein's powerful essay the GOP sabotage efforts." New Republic staff writer Molly Redden tweets, "You've heard all the arguments Ornstein is making here before. But rarely with this much indignation and clarity."