• Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki should feel honored that the United States is spying on him. It means that he is being treated like an American.

• Maliki knew he was being spied upon when he spotted an electronic device in his apartment — his TV set. There was Bob Woodward on "60 Minutes" telling him all about it.

• I am happy for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, America's most famous welfare couple.

• Since government bailout recipients Fannie and Freddie are Republicans — doesn't this stand welfare reform on its head?