Will Bunch: When the politically fueled murder of a 9-year-old girl in Arizona is NOT national news.
Newshoggers: Last year, Rand Paul said "Israel and the United States have a special relationship." So special, in fact, that Paul now wants to end all U.S. foreign aid, including $3 billion annually for Israel.
MadKane: John Boehner, exceptionally wrong about American exceptionalism supposedly missing from President Obama's State of the Union address.
TPM: Mike Pence (R-IN) may be "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican – in that order." But to the dismay of Dick Armey, in 2012 Pence won't be the second coming of Ronald Reagan.
Speaking of which, your quote of the day: "I told reporters afterward that it was just like any open-air market in Indiana in the summertime." (Mike Pence, after touring Baghdad while wearing a bullet proof vest and being guarded by U.S. troops, April 2007)
Guest blogging Mike's Blog Round Up this week is Jon Perr from Perrspectives. Send your tips, recommendations, comments and angst to mbr AT perrspectives DOT com.