Friday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Day of Rage: “As many as 60 people are dead after clashes broke out around mass demonstrations by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Egypt on Friday. Morsi’s Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement had called for a ‘Day of Rage’ in the wake of a military crackdown that killed more than 600 people.”

* This was apparently not intended as irony: “Leaders of the Afghan Taliban are calling for an end to the violence in Egypt, demanding the military end its “inhumane and unethical action” against government protesters in the country.”

* Pennsylvania: “A state judge on Friday barred enforcement of Pennsylvania’s strict voter-identification law in the Nov. 5 general election. The state also cannot require local elections officials to verbally tell voters at the polls that photo IDs could be required in future elections, but officials can distribute written material about the law, Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley said.”

* The Dream Defenders wrapped up their sit-in protest in the Florida Capitol today, following 31 days and 30 nights.

* If only people cared about the sequestration cuts: “Top federal judges in 49 states are urging lawmakers to avoid another round of automatic spending cuts that they say would have a ‘devastating and long-lasting impact’ on the federal courts.”

* Good: “The U.S. Sentencing Commission on Thursday voted unanimously to address concerns with mandatory minimum prison penalties. The commission action follows a Justice Department policy shift that was announced on Monday.”

* Not good: “Ohio is running out of the drug it uses to kill convicts on death row, the sedative pentobarbital. Combined with a cocktail of muscle paralyzers, and heart-stopping drugs, pentobarbital is the first step in a series of injection that state’ consider to be an ethical way of killing a person.”

* I’m beginning to think Fox isn’t taking the climate crisis seriously: “According to Fox News, it’s a myth that polar bears are threatened by global warming since the polar bear is actually ‘thriving.’”

* Philadelphia’s finances are not as dire as Detroit’s, but the city “agreed at the last minute on Thursday to borrow $50 million just to be able to open schools on time.” And even with that money, “schools will open Sept. 9 with a minimum of staffing and sharply curtailed extracurricular activities and other programs.”

* And right-wing radio host Mark Levin has heard the rumors about him asking questions of Republican presidential candidates in 2016. “I accept,” he said today.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Friday's Mini-Report

Updated