Friday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary was six months ago today.

* Syria: “Clashes that antigovernment activists described as the heaviest in months erupted on the edge of a rebel-controlled neighborhood in Syria’s largest city on Friday while opposition activists debated how the United States’ decision to send arms would affect their fight to topple President Bashar al-Assad.”

* Snowden: “The decision by a former National Security Agency contractor to divulge classified data about the U.S. government’s surveillance of computers in mainland China and Hong Kong has complicated his legal position, but may also make China’s security apparatus more interested in helping him stay here, law and security experts said on Friday.”

* Hasan denied: “A military judge barred Army Maj. Nidal Hasan on Friday from arguing at his court-martial that he was legally acting to protect Taliban leaders when he killed 13 people and injured 32 others in a shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.”

* Iran: “Iran’s electoral authorities reported heavy turnout in presidential voting on Friday, extending polling hours three times to accommodate what appeared to be a late surge of interest.”

* What to watch next week: “Sen. Mark Udall will introduce legislation that would greatly reduce the federal government’s ability to collect data on Americans’ phone calls without a demonstrated link to terrorism.”

* To be a fly on the wall: “President Obama will directly press Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop supporting Syria’s government in a meeting Monday.”

* Colorado: “The fight against a massive, deadly wildfire in Colorado faced a new challenge Friday when isolated thunderstorms packing gusting winds and lightning – but little rain – churned into the region. The fire, the worst in the state’s history, has killed two people and made ashes of 379 homes.”

* This issue tends to be on the periphery, but it’s important: “President Obama today issued a Presidential Memorandum that builds on the Administration’s commitment to make additional spectrum available for wireless broadband to drive innovation, expand consumer services, and increase job creation and economic growth.”

* The so-called “Hastert Rule” isn’t actually a rule, but far-right House lawmakers are worried about protecting it anyway.

* Did you hear about the Affordable Care Act and Ohio’s “rate shock”? Jonathan Cohn sets the record straight.

* And Democrats on the House Oversight Committee have a message for Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif): tick tock.

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Friday's Mini-Report

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