Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Another deadly school shooting: “A student apparently opened fire at a Nevada middle school Monday, killing a teacher and wounding two boys, authorities said. The shooter was left dead. A hospital said that the two boys arrived in critical condition. One was later upgraded to fair.”
* An alarming pattern: “Attorney General Eric Holder says the number and the lethal nature of active-shooter incidents nationwide have soared over the past five years. In remarks to the nation’s police chiefs in Philadelphia on Monday, Holder said the United States saw an average of five active shooting incidents a year between 2000 and 2008.”
* Defending the health care law: “President Obama declared Monday that “nobody is madder than me” about the failures of the government’s health care Web site, but said the technical problems did not indicate a broader failure of the Affordable Care Act.”
* On a related note: “Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has agreed to testify to Congress on ObamaCare’s botched rollout soon – but not this week.”
* The AP reported over the weekend that 476,000 applications for coverage have been filed on HealthCare.gov. since the exchanges opened. Sarah Kliff takes a closer look at what those numbers mean.
* Neil Irwin answers the biggest questions on Wall Street today: “JPMorgan Chase is nearing a $13 billion civil settlement with the Justice Department for its mortgage lending practices. So what’s going on here?”
* More fallout from new Snowden leaks: “The National Security Agency has carried out extensive electronic surveillance in France, a French newspaper reported Monday, drawing an angry condemnation from an important American ally.”
* Maryville, Missouri: “Ever since The Kansas City Star ran a long article last Sunday raising new questions about the Nodaway County prosecutor’s decision to drop charges against a 17-year-old football player accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, the simplicity of small-town life here has been complicated by a storm of negative attention.”
* McCrory wants his state A.G. to zip it: “North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) warned his attorney general that he should not publicize his personal opposition to the state’s new voter identification laws while also defending them in a lawsuit brought up by the Justice Department.”
* A senior official from the Bush/Cheney administration explains the decision to launch a disastrous war: “The only reason we went into Iraq, I tell people now, is we were looking for somebody’s ass to kick. Afghanistan was too easy.”
* Oh my: “NPR media reporter David Folkenflik writes in his forthcoming book Murdoch’s World that Fox News’ public relations staffers used an elaborate series of dummy accounts to fill the comments sections of critical blog posts with pro-Fox arguments.”
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