Today's edition of quick hits:
: "Angry at the civilian casualties incurred last month in the first commando raid authorized by President Trump, Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions against suspected terrorist groups in the country, according to American officials."
* I'll look forward to hearing the White House's defense of this
: "A Russian judge convicted Aleksei A. Navalny, an opposition politician and one of the Kremlin's most charismatic critics, of fraud charges on Wednesday, a move that bars him from running for the presidency next year."
"People who want to visit the United States could be asked to hand over their social-media passwords to officials as part of enhanced security checks, the country's top domestic security chief said."
* We live in strange times
: "[F]or some experts who study terrorism, President Trump's assertion this week that the news media has actually been ignoring and covering up terrorist attacks came as a surprise."
* Expect a rocky tenure
: "Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday delivered her first public message since her rocky confirmation hearing, promising her new staff that she is committed to working with it to 'protect, strengthen and create new world-class education opportunities for America's students.'"
* I'll have more on this
in the morning: "Sen. John McCain, chair of the Armed Services Committee, called the recent US raid in Yemen a 'failure' following a classified briefing Tuesday morning on the operation, which ended in the death of a Navy SEAL and an unconfirmed number of civilians."
* Indirectly, money in the president's pocket
: "The Department of Defense is seeking to rent space in President Trump's New York skyscraper, Trump Tower, a move that could directly funnel government money into the president's business interests." read more