Friday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Care to guess what topic is dominating the G-20 summit?

* Tuesday night: “President Barack Obama, facing hardened international opposition to a strike against Syria and returning home to a skeptical American public, will address the country Tuesday to make his case.”

* Two weeks is a long time under these conditions: “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told lawmakers Friday to expect a vote authorizing the use of force in Syria ‘in the next two weeks’ to kick off a busy fall agenda.”

* Pakistan: “A senior Afghan Taliban commander linked to the kidnapping of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was killed on Friday by a suspected U.S. drone strike along with six other militant commanders, sources said. Maulvi Sangeen Zadran, who was part of the Haqqani network, was killed in Pakistan’s ethnic Pashtun tribal region on the Afghan border.”

* Lebanon: “The State Department ordered non-emergency personnel and their family members to leave the U.S. Embassy in Beirut Friday, and told Americans to avoid travel to Lebanon due to a threat to the diplomatic post.”

* Immigration: “Groups supporting an immigration overhaul said they were planning a mobilization early next month to press the House of Representatives to vote on a bill giving legal status to illegal immigrants.”

* A deeper scandal: “Representative Michele Bachmann’s presidential hopes ended 20 months ago, but her brief and chaotic campaign continues to be the focus of ethics investigations. The latest is a federal inquiry into whether an outside “super PAC” improperly coordinated strategy with Mrs. Bachmann’s campaign staff, including her husband, in violation of election laws.”

* In April, Peggy Noonan endorsed a U.S. attack on Syria and was outraged that President Obama hadn’t intervened. Now that the president wants to launch strikes, Noonan no longer realizes Syria is in the midst of a civil war and now opposes a military strike. How very typical.

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