Friday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* President Obama publicly addressed the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria this afternoon, choosing his words very carefully.

* Prudence is wise: “The White House made it clear Friday that it was in no rush to take action in Syria despite findings by intelligence agencies that chemical weapons had been used there, saying it was ‘not an airtight case’ and that more information would be needed.”

* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) seems annoyed that the president is looking for an “excuse” not to become more engaged militarily in Syria. He says that like it’s a bad thing.

* Ongoing efforts in Bangladesh: “Sixty-two people were rescued from the ruins of a collapsed Bangladesh factory building late Thursday and early Friday – nearly two days after it collapsed, killing 292 people – according to officials.”

* More from Bangladesh: “Thousands of garment workers rampaged through industrial areas of the capital of Bangladesh on Friday, smashing vehicles with bamboo poles and setting fire to at least two factories in violent protests ignited by a deadly building collapse this week that killed at least 304 workers.”

* Boston: “A detailed analysis of the bombs used at the Boston Marathon and during a firefight between the suspects and law enforcement shows how closely the bombmakers followed instructions from the digital al Qaeda magazine ‘Inspire,’ according to a government document obtained by NBC News.”

* Predictable: “After North Korea on Friday rejected formal talks to resolve a standoff at a jointly operated border industrial complex, South Korea said it would call home its remaining workers from the facility, formally severing the last major connection between the two countries.”

* A potentially huge find: “A 5-foot-long piece of debris found near the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan is being examined as a possible fragment of a plane that hit one of the towers more than 11 years ago, NBC 4 New York has learned.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Friday's Mini-Report