Today’s edition of quick hits:
* It’s important to catch would-be bad guys early: “The FBI and Capitol police arrested a man Friday who thought he was going to carry out a bombing attack on the U.S. Capitol but was in fact dealing with FBI undercover operatives for the past few months.”
* Quite a scene: “A small private plane carrying a load of marijuana strayed into President Obama’s no-fly zone over Los Angeles on Thursday and was forced to land at Long Beach Airport after being intercepted by U.S. Air Force jet fighters, authorities said.”
* A terrible loss: “Anthony Shadid, a gifted foreign correspondent whose graceful dispatches for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Associated Press covered nearly two decades of Middle East conflict and turmoil, died, apparently of an asthma attack, on Thursday while on a reporting assignment in Syria.”
* Syria: “Thousands of Syrians rallied Friday for Bashar al-Assad’s ouster, as the embattled president’s forces unleashed their heaviest pounding yet of Homs in a brutal bid to crush dissent, monitors said.”
* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed a marriage-equality bill this afternoon. It’s not surprising, but it is disappointing.
* Hard to blame Reid for feeling this way: “To illustrate his frustration at the GOP’s pattern of obstructing President Obama’s executive branch nominees, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced on the Senate floor Friday that he’ll ask President Obama to provide all of the nearly 100 stalled bureaucrats-in-waiting with recess appointments.”
* This was apparently a tragic case of workplace violence: “Two immigration agents were involved in a shootout at a federal building in Long Beach Thursday, leaving one dead and another wounded, the FBI said.”
* As political controversies go, it’s awfully difficult to see why anyone should still be worked up about Solyndra.
* Should we expect a pre-election crisis over the debt ceiling? Probably not.
* And three years ago today, the Recovery Act became law. Michael Linden, director for tax and budget policy at the Center for American Progress put together a video asking whether the stimulus worked, and it’s filled with wonky goodness.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.