Friday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* The violence in Syria is also a humanitarian crisis, with thousands of refugees fleeing to neighboring countries, including Turkey.

* Not just Petraeus: “Christopher E. Kubasik, the vice-chairman, president and COO of defense giant Lockheed Martin, who was scheduled to become the company’s CEO in January, resigned today after it was confirmed he had a ‘close personal relationship with a subordinate employee.’”

* One of those days, I guess: “A former female employee has filed a police complaint alleging the CEO of Waffle House demanded she perform sexual acts on him in exchange for keeping her job.”

* It’s getting much worse: “Climate scientists agree the Earth will be hotter by the end of the century, but their simulations don’t agree on how much. Now a study suggests the gloomier predictions may be closer to the mark. ‘Warming is likely to be on the high side of the projections,’ said John Fasullo of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.”

* Ari Berman makes the case that the Republican “war on voting” not only fell short, it actually ended up backfiring.

* I’m sure it seemed like a good idea at the time: “Two Republicans in separate states were taken into police custody during the past week for allegedly attempting to test how easy it would be to commit voter fraud.”

* There’s apparently a chain email making the rounds, insisting that uncounted military absentee ballots, delivered after the voting deadline, would have elected Mitt Romney. This is deeply ridiculous.

* And in Georgia, where anti-science Rep. Paul Broun (R) was easily re-elected without a Democratic opponent, there were several thousand write-in votes against the incumbent. There’s a long list of “candidates” who received votes, but the big winner was legendary British scientist Charles Darwin.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Friday's Mini-Report