Friday’s Mini-Report, 6.6.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* 70 years later, at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial: “President Obama on Friday declared the hallowed shores of Normandy ‘democracy’s beachhead’ as he remembered the Allied invasions as the beginning of a century of freedom movements that spread across continents. ‘Nations that once knew only the blinders of fear began to taste the blessings of freedom,’ Obama said.”
 
* Nicely done, Bernard Jordan: “An 89-year-old World War II veteran reported missing Thursday evening actually fled his nursing home in England to attend the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy on Friday.”
 
* Today wasn’t just about honoring history: “Mr. Putin used a trip to France commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day to meet for the first time with his newly elected counterpart in Ukraine, Petro O. Poroshenko, and the two discussed the possibility of a cease-fire in the eastern part of the country. After a ceremonial luncheon in a chateau here, Mr. Putin also held an unscheduled conversation with Mr. Obama in addition to more formal meetings with the leaders of Britain, France and Germany.”
 
* Seattle: “Two young men – each vastly different from the other – will forever share a tie to the Seattle Pacific University shooting: one branded a suspect, the other hailed as a hero.”
 
* Atlanta: “A man identified as a ‘sovereign citizen’ assaulted the Forsyth County courthouse Friday, wounding a deputy before dying in a hail of bullets, officials said.”
 
* North Korea claimed today that it has “detained an American tourist for unspecified violations, marking the latest in a string of legal problems and arrests for those visiting the authoritarian nation. In a two-sentence statement, the North’s state-run news agency said that a U.S. citizen it identified as Jeffrey Edward Fowle had entered the country April 29 and acted ‘contrary to the purpose of tourism.’”
 
* Imagine that: “House Republicans will take up an extension of highway programs, tax credits and appropriations over the next month, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told lawmakers in a Friday memo. Conspicuously missing from the memo was any mention of an immigration bill.”
 
* Maybe Congress should stop caring about this: “The federal budget deficit for fiscal 2014 reached $439 billion by the end of May, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported Friday. The eight-month total is $188 billion less and is the smallest since President Obama took office.”
 
* Paul Krugman today described the GOP’s opposition to dealing with the climate crisis as an “indicator of the Republican Party’s descent into madness.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 6.6.14