• With: Kim Strassel, Dan Henninger, Mary Anastasia O'Grady, Bret Stephens

    O'GRADY: Well, I'm surprised that the president is pushing so hard for here. Because quite apart from whether she was politicizing events that shouldn't have been, she also has a reputation of not being a very good diplomat. In that job you have to be able to persuade people to come on your side, and apparently, she tends to --

    GIGOT: Rough edges.

    O'GRADY: -- Insult people and she's a little bit abrasive. But John Kerry is also very troubling. His track record over the years, not as a diplomat -- he might be very good at going to dinners and so forth. But, you know, for example, in Latin America, when he ran for president, he was backed by Tomas Borge, who is a former Sandinista in Nicaragua. He was supported by Cristina Kirchner, in Argentina. His involvement, his office's involvement in Honduras was decisively in bringing Manuel Salaya (ph), who is a friend of Chavez, back to Honduras. And that's cost a lot of instability there.

    STEPHENS: Right. The case for Susan Rice is that she's better than John Kerry.


    GIGOT: Do you think that the president is going to nominate Susan Rice? And do you think if he does, that she'll get through?

    STEPHENS: I expect yes on both counts. But I have a suggestion for the president. He should nominate Colin Powell, former secretary of state and a supporter, to be either secretary of state or secretary of defense.

    He could fill both jobs.

    GIGOT: All right.

    We have to take one more break. When we come back, our "Hits and Misses" of the week.


    GIGOT: Time now for "Hits and Misses" of the week.

    Kim, first to you.

    STRASSEL: A hit to the U.S. Supreme Court for throwing open the door to another constitutional challenge to Obama-care. The high court agreed to a request from Liberty University to reopen its lawsuit against a main provision of the health care law, arguing they are unconstitutional on the religious grounds. This, of course, goes to the point about the law requiring employers to provide contraception. No idea just how far this will go, but the court deserves credit for recognizing parts of the law still need a hearing.

    GIGOT: All right, great, Kim. Thanks.


    STEPHENS: This is a miss to China's People's Daily, the largest newspaper, I think, in the world, which picked up an item in the American media which called Kim Jong-Un, the young leader of North Korea, the sexist man alive. Now, of course, this item came from the satirical newspaper "The Onion," which couldn't resist this kind of line. Sometimes things are lost in translation and one of those things is irony.

    GIGOT: Yes, that's for sure. That's funny.

    HENNINGER: Paul, a hit to astronomy for its discovery of the largest black hole ever seen in the galaxy. It is the size of 77 billion suns.

    It's 250 million light years away from the earth. And it's incomprehensible. What I like most about it though, it's rather humbling.

    GIGOT: I thought you were describing Washington.


    HENNINGER: That's not humbling.


    That's frightening.

    GIGOT: But it is incomprehensible.

    HENNINGER: Yes. And it's 250 million light years away from anybody's experience.


    GIGOT: OK.

    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 show. Thanks to my panel and to all of you for watching. I'm Paul Gigot. We hope to see you right here next week.

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