Today’s edition of quick hits:
* An important step: “Secretary of State John Kerry celebrated the signing of the Paris climate agreement on Friday, telling United Nations delegates it should sharpen the world’s focus on fighting climate change.”
* Mass shooting: “Eight people were found slain Friday in a small Ohio town east of Cincinnati – and seven of them were killed ‘execution-style.’ The victims were believed ‘to possibly be members of the same family’ and all appeared to have been shot to death, Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a statement.”
* He’s right: “President Obama joined a chorus of critics calling for the repeal of controversial legislation seen as anti-LGBT on Friday, saying that laws that have been passed in Mississippi and North Carolina ‘are wrong.’”
* When making a list of the most ridiculous antics of the Republican Congress, the assault on the IRS has to be right up there.
* Chicago: “A week after a task force assembled by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) released a scathing report pillorying his police department, the city is making a series of changes aimed at reforming the force.”
* A story we’ve been keeping a close eye on appears to be over: “The Missouri Senate announced Thursday it is suspending contempt proceedings against a Planned Parenthood CEO after reaching an agreement to review some documents a legislative committee investigating the organization subpoenaed last year.” (Disclosure: My wife works for Planned Parenthood, but was not involved in this controversy.)
* Florida: “The Florida Supreme Court suspended the state’s 24-hour waiting period for abortions on Friday until it decides whether to hear a lawsuit claiming the law is unconstitutional.”
* I’d almost forgotten he’s still in Congress: “It looks like Target may have just lost a loyal customer: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). Gohmert said Thursday that he won’t shop at the massive retailer anymore if it’s true that the store plans to allow transgender customers to use bathrooms that match their gender identity.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.