Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Commutations: “President Barack Obama shortened the sentences Friday of 42 people serving time for drug-related offenses, continuing a push for clemency that has ramped up in the final year of his administration.”
* Chicago: “The Chicago agency that investigates police misconduct cases released more than 300 video clips Friday – along with audio recordings and police reports – from 101 incidents it has investigated, the latest step by the city to restore public trust in its beleaguered police force.”
* Deadly shipwrecks: “A grim succession of shipwrecks and drownings in the Mediterranean Sea this week has highlighted a shift in migrant smuggling operations away from relatively safer routes into Europe and sparked recriminations about whether European governments are doing enough to stem the flow.”
* The new job numbers were bad, but it’s probably fair to say, given the broader picture, the figures were “not quite as terrible” as they appeared at first glance.
* That said, if the latest jobs report convinces the Federal Reserve to push back its decision to raise interest rates, that would be a very good thing.
* A simmering controversy: “Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that whoever called for deleting several minutes of video from a December 2013 press briefing was being ‘stupid and clumsy and inappropriate.’ Kerry said he intends to find out who was responsible, adding that he didn’t want someone like that working for him, according to the Associated Press.”
* I like unreserved Eric Holder: “Recalling Rep. Joe Wilson’s 2009 outburst during President Barack Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress, former Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t mince words with his opinion of the South Carolina congressman. ‘Somebody should have smacked his a–,’ Holder told The Undefeated in an interview. ‘They should have … told him to sit the f— down.’”
* CBO: “The Congressional Budget Office is warning lawmakers about the fiscal risks of climate change, putting the studiously non-partisan agency at odds with Republican Party orthodoxy. The report, released as hurricane season begins, warns that hurricane damage will ‘increase significantly in the coming decades’ due to climate change.”
* Noted without comment: “The Capitol Hill-based newspaper The Hill has dropped laughingstock Dick Morris as a columnist after he signed on with the National Enquirer as its chief political correspondent.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.