Friday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* President Obama delivered a speech on the economy in Liberty, Missouri, earlier, and he raised a few concerns about congressional Republicans.

* On a related note: “President Obama said Republicans in Congress were threatening to make the United States into ‘a deadbeat’ and a ‘banana republic’ with their maneuvers to tie the federal budget and the debt ceiling to defunding ObamaCare.”

* Gun violence rocks Chicago: “About 10:15 p.m. on Thursday two gunmen opened fire on a Chicago park, wounding 13 people including a 3-year-old boy. Among the victims were two other minors, one 15 and the other 17. In all, 23 people were shot in 11 separate shootings within a span of four hours last night. Despite the violent outburst, only one person was killed, a 36-year-old man.”

* I hope everyone’s keeping an eye on this one: “The White House said Friday it was ‘ready to engage’ Iran on a deal to remove sanctions in exchange for an agreement to end Tehran’s nuclear weapons program.”

* Climate crisis: “The Obama administration took a significant step toward enacting the president’s climate policy on Friday morning, when Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Gina McCarthy unveiled a sweeping new regulation for all future power plant construction.”

* Colorado: “Rushing floodwaters loaded with heavy debris damaged oil and gas pipes and tanks, causing the two large spills that state and federal regulators were tracking Thursday.”

* A welcome, hard-hitting piece from the editorial board of USA Today: “Republicans’ obsession with overturning ObamaCare is getting sillier and more dangerous at the same time. Now that they’ve failed to kill the law every way the rules allow – in Congress, the Supreme Court and in a presidential election – the opponents are taking hostages and, in effect, threatening to shoot them if they don’t get their way.”

* A few days ago, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was openly mocking the House Republican budget strategy. Today, he endorsed it. (Graham is facing primary opponents in advance of his 2014 re-election bid.)

* House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wants to talk about “train wrecks.” We can start with his House of Representatives.

* On a related note, House Republicans are starting to even lose Bill O’Reilly.

* And finally, some words of wisdom from Paul Krugman: “In recent months, the G.O.P. seems to have transitioned from being the stupid party to being the crazy party. I know, I’m being shrill. But … the time for euphemism is past.”

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Friday's Mini-Report