Today’s edition of quick hits:
* He mistakenly thinks he’s winning: “Putting his personal seal on the annexation of Crimea, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia arrived in the naval port of Sevastopol on Friday, where he used the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany to assert that Moscow had the right to take over the Black Sea peninsula.”
* Um, what? “A U.S. airliner nearly collided with a drone over Florida earlier this year, a federal official said, a near miss that highlights risks posed by the proliferation of unmanned aircraft in U.S. skies.”
* Over 200 House Republicans wanted a slot on the Benghazi committee. House Speaker John Boehner has officially chosen his seven.
* The appropriate response: “The new select committee on Benghazi is ‘fundamentally unfair,’ House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi charged in a letter to Speaker John Boehner. The missive comes as Pelosi mulls the best approach to take to the panel, which her party sees as a partisan effort to tarnish President Obama and Hillary Clinton.”
* Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) helps offer definitive proof that the entire Republican approach to Benghazi is a scam: “Politicians are notorious for pushing witnesses to say things in hearings that will reinforce a certain conclusion. Somewhat less common is the lawmaker who completely ignores the testimony he elicits.”
* After the Fed pleaded with GOP lawmakers to stop hurting the economy, the irony is rich: “Senate Republicans on Thursday sharply questioned Janet L. Yellen, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, about the persistence of unemployment and the slow pace of the economic recovery during a hearing that highlighted the growing prominence of election-year considerations on Capitol Hill.”
* Net Neutrality: “A group of 10 senators are asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to abandon a proposal that would allow Internet providers to create online ‘fast lanes.’ The proposal from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler would ‘irrevocably change the Internet as we know it,’ the senators wrote in a letter to Wheeler on Friday.”
* Well said: “There is no issue where educated ignorance is on more perfect display than watching the conservative movement confront scientific evidence of climate change. Educated ignorance is not the same thing as the regular kind of ignorance. It takes real talent to master.”
* I’m really going to miss “Community.” To ease my pain, “Hannibal” was renewed, so the day’s not a total disaster.
* I’m really starting to worry about National Journal. Its “progressive bloggers” piece today was a train wreck and Ron Fournier’s praise of the piece was alarmingly incoherent. Here’s hoping the magazine gets back on track soon.
* Seeing Dana Perino respond to a false Eric Bolling claim by saying it would be “a great point if it were true” is one of the most unintentionally hilarious Fox moments in a while.
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