Friday’s Mini-Report, 6.20.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Iraq: “Iraq’s most influential Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, issued a statement on Friday calling on Iraq’s diverse political parties to move quickly to form a government. He also again clarified that his call for volunteers to defend Iraq against extremist jihadis was not meant as a call to arms for Shiites, but for all Iraqis.”
 
* Ukraine: “Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered his forces to cease fire Friday and halt military operations for a week against pro-Russia separatists in the country’s east – the first step in a peace plan he hopes will end the conflict that has cost hundreds of lives.”
 
* At the border: “The Obama administration, stepping up efforts to reduce the influx of Central American migrants crossing the Southwest border illegally and saying that misinformation about its border policies may have helped spur it, will detain more of those migrants and accelerate their cases in immigration courts so they can be deported more quickly, officials said.”
 
* Syria: “A powerful car bombing on Friday in a government-held village in central Syria killed at least 34 civilians and wounded more than 50 others, Syria’s state-run news agency and an opposition activist group said.”
 
* Sotomayor fears a society going backwards: “Speaking at an annual event for the liberal American Constitution Society Thursday evening, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor shared what it was like to grow up in public housing in the Bronx, the importance of diversity on the bench, and concerns that income inequality could lead to fewer poor children having the opportunities she had.”
 
* This would appear to defeat the purpose of the drones: “More than 400 large U.S. military drones have crashed in major accidents around the world since 2001, a record of calamity that exposes the potential dangers of throwing open American skies to drone traffic, according to a year-long Washington Post investigation.”
 
* Stop digging: “George Will was interviewed on C-SPAN this week and the topic of his recent column declaring that being a victim of sexual assault is a ‘coveted status that confers privileges’ inevitably came up. Will proceeded to ‘explain’ his column by repeating his column, basically point for point.”
 
Oops: “The Dallas County Commissioners Court declared Tuesday that African-Americans deserve reparations for slavery, even though most commissioners didn’t seem to know that they were doing so.”
 
Not everyone in this evangelical crowd is thinking “WWJD?” “This is real: A small figurine of President Obama’s head was seen at the bottom of a men’s urinal at the GOP’s Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference on Friday.”
 
* Slap on the wrist: “Rep. Don Young, currently the fourth longest-serving House member, violated rules when he used campaign funds for personal purposes and accepted improper gifts, a House Ethics Committee report said in a letter of reproval Friday.”
 
* Ugh: “Former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh (Ill.) has been suspended from his radio show until further notice for using a series of racial slurs on air about the controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins nickname, he said in a string of tweets. Walsh used the n-word on air before he was cut off on his show, which dumped into a commercial.”
 
* Rest in peace, irony: “Fox News contributor Judith Miller, whose reporting on Iraq’s weapons of mass turned out to be stunningly wrong, said Friday that the media has been too hard on other individuals whose pre-war pronouncements also turned out to be stunningly wrong.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 6.20.14