• With: Joe Rago, Kim Strassel, James Freeman, Allysia Finley

    GIGOT: For Democrats.

    FINLEY: For Democrats.

    GIGOT: All right. OK. Thanks very much, Allysia.

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

    of the week.


    GIGOT: Time now for our "Hits and Misses" of the week -- James?

    FREEMAN: Paul, this is a hit to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and the members of the legislator there who, last summer -- last year, I should say, took the politically courageous step of cutting unemployment benefits, reducing them. Now this makes them look very hard-hearted. They took a lot of grief in the media. But the results are in. More jobs. In fact, North Carolina is really one of the country's job creation stars since then. It's for a lot of reasons, including heavy taxes have to pay for these benefits and these benefits discourage people from seeking work.

    So good for them.

    GIGOT: All right, James, thank you.


    STRASSEL: A hit for U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, who made a bold statement by meeting with two members of the Russian band, Pussy Riot, women who had been imprisoned for criticizing Vladimir Putin. Moreover, when Russia's own ambassador to the U.N. made a snide comment about this meeting, Mrs. Power rounded on him, publically slapping him down in a series of tweets, in which she expressed solidarity with Russia's political prisoners. This is the attention U.S. officials need to be directing at Russia's human rights abuses.

    GIGOT: OK.


    RAGO: Paul, a miss this week for CVS shareholders on the news that the pharmacy is going to stop selling cigarettes. That is a $2 billion hit to annual revenue. And once you're hostage to the public health lobby, the demands never end. Get rid of cigarettes, now candy, sugary soda, junk food. But maybe there is hope giving changing public health politics. No tobacco products at CVS, but maybe they can make up the money on recreational marijuana volume.

    GIGOT: See how many states will legalize that.

    All right, remember, if you have your own hit or miss, send it to us at jer@FOXnews.com. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @jeronfnc.

    That's it for this week's show. Thanks to our panel and to all of you for watching. I'm Paul Gigot. Hope to see you right here next week.

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