• With: Gov. John Kasich, Bret Stephens, Matt Kaminski, Dan Henninger, Mary Kissel, Dorothy Rabinowitz, Paul Gigot, Kim Strassel, James Freeman

    GIGOT: It's going to be fascinating to watch. We have to take one more break. When we come back hits and misses of the week.

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    GIGOT: Time now for hits and misses of the week. Matt, first to you.

    KAMINSKI: Here a hit, really a hit to the NFL and the referees for striking a very reasonable labor deal this week. The NFL got their freeze to move to a 401k plan for the pensions, as most American workers do, and got more flexibility in hiring. The referees got a very fat pay increase befitting a league that's doing so well. Now, you wonder why they put us through the last weeks, but, hey, it was pretty exciting.

    GIGOT: Well, when they get -- they get the Packers compensatory draft picks.

    (LAUGHTER)

    GIGOT: That's when they get a hit from me. Mary.

    KISSEL: I'm offering a mega miss to Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin, who missed this week's final deadline to drop out of the race. If you recall Mr. Akin tarnished not only himself, but the entire Republican Party with his bizarre comments on what he called legitimate rape. Yet a motley Republican crew is standing by their man. It includes Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum. I think they may come to regret that decisions, but the Democrats sure won't.

    GIGOT: James.

    JAMES: This is a hit to Chick-fil-A for continuing to stand up for their constitutional freedoms. A Chicago alderman recently claimed that he had successfully intimidated them into stopping their donations to groups that politicians don't like. But the company says, no. The Chicago thugs are not going to tell them who to support and good for Chick-fil-A.

    GIGOT: OK. All right, Kim.

    KIM: This is a hit for Andy Williams who died this week at 84. The death of a man who crooned "Moon River" and did those famous Christmas specials, has a lot of Americans thinking back to a gentler era of American entertainment, but what's notable about Mr. Williams is that he really was one of those rare stars past or present whose private life was every bit his claim cut, as his public persona. While so many of his contemporaries were living hard and dying young, he was out there putting in the hours and delighting audiences all the way until the end.

    GIGOT: That is because he was born in Iowa, Kim.

    (laughter)

    GIGOT: You learned how to live right in the Midwest. Mary, Todd Akin has a chance to pull this out?

    KISSEL: Oh, he is many points behind. And he won't have much of a funding pool to fight Claire McCaskill, so I think it's a tough road for him.

    GIGOT:  OK, Mary, thanks, and remember, if you have your own hit or miss, please send it to us at jer@foxnews.com and be sure to follow us on Twitter at JERonFNC. That's it for this week's edition. Thanks to my panel and all of you for watching. I'm Paul Gigot. And hope to see you right here next week.

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