Friday’s Mini-Report, 12.12.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Gun violence in Oregon: “A shooting investigation is underway at Rosemary Anderson High School in North Portland, Oregon, according to local police. Portland police told NBC News that there are a total of three victims, who are all conscious, awake and talking.”
 
* Giving the Senate more tine: “Congress now has until Wednesday night, if needed, to complete work on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep most government agencies operating through next summer. The House quietly passed another funding extension by unanimous consent on Friday afternoon to give senators even more time to work through procedural rules, debate and then vote on the spending bill.”
 
* Iran: “[I]t is almost an article of faith in business circles that the latest extension is only the postponement of an inevitable thaw between Iran and the rest of the world.”
 
* Striking AP poll: “Six in 10 Americans, including half of all Republicans, said they support regulation of carbon dioxide pollution, although they weren’t asked how. Nearly half of Republicans said the U.S. should lead the global fight to curb climate change, even if it means taking action when other countries do not. And majorities across party lines said environmental protections ‘improve economic growth and provide new jobs’ in the long run, a popular Obama administration talking point.”
 
* Mischief in Virginia: “Federal prosecutors will not pursue criminal charges in the sudden resignation of a Virginia state senator amid job talks, according to a letter sent Friday to lawyers involved with the case.”
 
* Congressional ethics: “The House Ethics Committee released its findings on four separate cases Thursday, a day when few were really paying attention. Everyone on Capitol Hill is focused on squeezing months’ worth of work into several days, so the panel’s decision to clear two members and reprove two others was like an end-of-the-year document dump. But happy holidays to them! They can stop paying those attorney bills.”
 
* Classy: “Yesterday, a small group of right-wing demonstrators gathered in front of the White House at a rally scheduled to coincide with the visit of a number of sheriffs who were in Washington, D.C., to protest President Obama’s executive action on immigration…. Among the remarks picked up by the cameraman: ‘Hang the lying Kenyan traitor!’ and ‘We’ve got rope.’”
 
* True: “[V]iews of Obama are not any worse than were attitudes toward Ronald Reagan at about this time in his second term.”
 
* Secret Service: “The new leader of the Secret Service says the agency wants to earn back Americans’ trust. In his first television interview since becoming acting director, Joseph Clancy told ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor Brian Williams that scandals and security lapses, including a breach of the White House by a knife-wielding intruder, have shaken confidence in the agency.”
 
* Retiring Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.): “He has been blunt about saying ‘I need a job’ and he told us Tuesday that he might just have to create one himself by launching a group called Restoring Liberty in America.”
 
* That doesn’t sound good: “Emails between New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal show Dowd promising that a column to be written about Pascal ‘would make sure you look great.’ Buzzfeed reported that the emails, released after a hacker group broke in to Sony’s computer systems, detailed a series of exchanges between Dowd, Pascal, and Pascal’s husband Bernard Weinraub, a former Times reporter.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 12.12.14