Today's edition of quick hits:
* The latest school shooting
: "Two children and a female teacher were injured in a shooting at a South Carolina primary school Wednesday, police said. The suspected attacker, a teenager, is in custody, said V. Taylor Jones, deputy chief of the Anderson County Emergency Services Division."
: "U.S Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said the U.S. has agreed to send an additional 600 troops to Iraq, in anticipation of the major upcoming operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul."
* The odds of a government shutdown are approaching zero
: "The Senate voted Wednesday afternoon to approve a critical government funding measure -- a move which could help Congress narrowly avoid a shutdown before the general elections. The vote was 72-26."
* I'm not sure Congress fully thought this one
through: "Congress has voted to override the president's veto for the first time in his administration over a controversial piece of legislation that would allow the families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role in the plot."
* On a related note, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said the bill, generally known as "JASTA," could have serious negative foreign policy implications
for the United States. Corker voted for it
* Donald Trump may be interested to know it wasn't
a 400-pound American: "U.S. officials are increasingly confident that the hacker Guccifer 2.0 is part of a network of individuals and groups kept at arm's length by Russia to mask its involvement in cyberintrusions such as the theft of thousands of Democratic Party documents, according to people familiar with the matter."
: "The effects of Russia's bombing campaign in the Syrian city of Aleppo -- destroying hospitals and schools, choking off basic supplies, and killing aid workers and hundreds of civilians over just days -- raise a question: What could possibly motivate such brutality?"
* On a related note: Secretary of State John Kerry
today "warned that the United States would stop talking to Russia about ending Syria's civil war unless it ends an onslaught in the city of Aleppo by Russian and Syrian government forces."
* Wells Fargo
CEO John Stumpf will "forfeit $41 million for the bank's burgeoning sales scandal, marking one of the biggest rebukes to the head of a major U.S. financial institution." read more