The roots of American exceptionalism
Carl Cannon at RealClearPolitics has a primer that Russian President Vladmir Putin might benefit from reading.

The Republican resurgence
Ben Domenech at The Transom breaks down the latest polling data that shows Americans rejecting President Obama’s leadership.

The GOP’s undeserved comeback
Noah Rothman at Mediaite says the GOP hasn’t earned its return to favor.

How Dems view the fiscal fight
Greg Sargent at The Plum Line breaks down how Democrats plan to play off tension in the House GOP Caucus.


Conservative groups line up behind bill to defund ObamaCare
Sam Baker at The Hill reports on the groundswell of conservative support to use ObamaCare as leverage in the fiscal fight.

Lawmaker says he arm-wrestled Putin after drinking too much
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) says the Russian president put him down in a millisecond, Rebecca Shabad at The Hill reports.