Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Cyber security: “The Obama administration on Thursday announced what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of federal employees’ data, involving at least four million current and former government workers in an intrusion that officials said apparently originated in China.”
* Related news: “The same Chinese hackers who breached the records of at least four million government workers through the Office of Personnel Management appear to have been responsible for similar thefts of personal data at two major health care firms, Anthem and Premera, according to cybersecurity experts.”
* The Hastert scandal takes a turn: “The sister of a now-deceased Illinois man has identified him as an alleged victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Dennis Hastert, according to reports.”
* Ten months into the conflict, these tallies appear to be new: “U.S.-led airstrikes are killing more than 1,000 fighters for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria every month, a top Pentagon official said Friday…. It is the first time that a military official has offered an average monthly figure and follows Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s estimate last week of more than 10,000 ISIS fighters killed.”
* Military reforms: “The Air Force has altered its procedures for making determinations about the continued employment of transgender service members, mirroring a recent decision by the Army that advocates hailed as a step forward for a group that has long been marginalized within the military.”
* A big win for Dreamers: “After a nearly three-year wait, a five-judge panel in New York ruled this week that César Vargas – a native of Mexico and longtime New Yorker – can be admitted to practice law in the state he’s called home since he was 5, even though he remains an undocumented immigrant.”
* This story’s not over: “About a dozen law enforcement officials descended upon the local campaign office of former Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Illinois, on Thursday afternoon, removing boxes and other materials from the building.”
* I’d strongly recommend taking the time to read the behind-the-scenes report on how President Obama’s speech on the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march came together. It’s a fascinating piece.
* I know there are far more important questions to consider this year than a candidate’s traffic tickets: “According to a search of the Miami-Dade and Duval County court dockets, the Rubios have been cited for numerous infractions over the years for incidents that included speeding, driving through red lights and careless driving.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.