Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Iraq: “As many as 25 ISIS fighters were killed Friday when they stormed an Iraqi military base in the hotly contested Anbar province, senior defense officials told NBC News. The ISIS group included three fighters wearing suicide vests, the officials said.”
* Ukraine: “The United States accused Russia on Friday of massing artillery and rocket systems around a contested town in eastern Ukraine and joining pro-Russian rebels in attacking Ukrainian forces, calling such actions a violation of the spirit of a cease-fire agreement signed just one day earlier.”
* Also in Alabama: “Madison police officer Eric Parker today turned himself in to face assault charges, following the severe injuries to an Indian citizen who was walking down the street outside his son’s new home. Chief Larry Muncey told a small press conference in Madison that he also recommended that Parker be fired for his use of force against a man who committed no crime, did not speak English and could not understand the commands.”
* North Carolina: “President Barack Obama called the fatal shootings of three young people in their Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home this week ‘brutal and outrageous’ – and asked Americans to remember their promising lives…. The FBI said Thursday it is opening an inquiry into their deaths, although there was no immediate evidence that suspect Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, went after them because of their religion.”
* Perhaps the craziest story in the world: “A federal prosecutor in Argentina on Friday revived the explosive accusations leveled by Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor whose mysterious death has gripped the country, by seeking to charge President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner with covering up a secret negotiation to shield Iranians from responsibility over a 1994 bombing.”
* Pennsylvania: “Newly elected Gov. Tom Wolf imposed a moratorium on the death penalty in the state Friday, calling the current system of capital punishment ‘error prone, expensive and anything but infallible.’”
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, the Republican-run Senate had no qualms about quickly confirming Ash Carter’s nomination to be Defense Secretary. Loretta Lynch’s Attorney General nomination has actually been pending longer, but GOP senators keep pushing off her confirmation.
* A tragic loss: “David Carr, a writer who wriggled away from the demon of drug addiction to become an unlikely name-brand media columnist at The New York Times, and the star of a documentary about the newspaper, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 58.”
* RBG: “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was seen nodding off last month during President Obama’s State of the Union address, offered a surprising explanation for her snooze. ‘I was not 100% sober,’ Ginsburg admitted Thursday night during a panel discussion at George Washington University alongside conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.”
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