Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The latest out of Germany: “Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot believed to have crashed his jet into the French Alps on purpose, apparently hid an illness from his employer, investigators said on Friday.”
* Yemen: “Forces aligned with the Iranian-backed Houthi movement continued their advance into areas of southern Yemen on Friday as Saudi Arabia conducted a second day of airstrikes intended to stop them.”
* Seriously, no rush: “Janet L. Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, said on Friday that the Fed planned to raise interest rates more slowly than during past recoveries because of the unusually fragile condition of the American economy.”
* It looks like a done deal: “But by mid-afternoon, [Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid] had endorsed New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, no. 3 in the current hierarchy, as his chosen successor – and Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin’s office made it clear that the Illinois senator would also back his colleague and former Capitol Hill roommate.”
* Reid was doing a live interview with Nevada Public Radio this morning when President Obama called in to extend his best wishes. It was a sweet moment.
* This ought to be interesting: “France’s foreign minister said Friday his country will propose a U.N. Security Council resolution in the coming weeks that could present a framework for negotiations toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
* New ethics controversy: “The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it has opened an investigation into Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) regarding allegations that he improperly used his office to help his wife lobby Congress on behalf of the Humane Society.”
* Mexico: “Mexican officials are pledging that the country’s greenhouse gas emissions will hit a peak in 2026 and fall after that. The peak, followed by a 22 percent drop in pollutants by 2030, is Mexico’s official contribution that it is offering as part of the United Nations’ negotiations on an international agreement to fight climate change.”
* The video of President Obama talking with David Simon, creator of “The Wire,” about crime and the drug war is endlessly fascinating. It’s 12 minutes that’s well worth your time.
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