Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Reports are circulating this afternoon that Rick Perry is poised to end his presidential campaign this evening. [Update: It’s official: Perry is suspending his campaign. I’ll have a post on this in the morning.]
* I think it’s time for the political world to start moving on: “In a little noticed brief, filed on Wednesday to a federal court, Department of Justice lawyers outlined a comprehensive defense of the contentious decision by Hillary Clinton to wipe the private email server she used as secretary of state: The attorneys assert that, regardless of whether she used a personal or government account, Clinton was within her legal right to handpick the emails that qualify as federal records – and to delete the ones she deemed personal.”
* Saudi Arabia: “A crane collapsed on the main mosque in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca on Friday, killing at least 87 people and injuring more than 180, officials said, less than two weeks before the beginning of the annual Hajj Islamic pilgrimage.”
* Hungary: “More than 170,000 migrants have crossed the border of Hungary so far this year, taxing its police, transportation system, commerce and finances. With all that, the image that is likely to linger is that of a Hungarian camerawoman sticking out her foot to trip a migrant carrying his young daughter as they ran from the police.”
* On this, he’s correct: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is rejecting calls from conservatives to block Planned Parenthood funding in a spending measure, warning it would be ‘an exercise in futility.’”
* California: “In response to the record-low turnout in the last election, the state Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would automatically register to vote any eligible Californian who gets a driver’s license unless they opt out.”
* AIPAC: “After Mr. Obama mustered enough Democratic backing in the Senate to halt a vote on a resolution of disapproval against the deal, a group known for its political clout saw its power and reputation in Washington diminished.”
* David Cameron, François Hollande and Angela Merkel, the prime minister of Britain, the president of France and the chancellor of Germany, respectively, wrote a joint op-ed in support of the international nuclear agreement with Iran. Either Republicans are concerned with our relationships with U.S. allies or they’re not.
* It’s not just Kim Davis: “As the nation waits to see what Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will do when she returns to work in northeast Kentucky next week, officials in another county 270 miles away are starting to attract some negative attention themselves for refusing to fulfill their marriage duties on religious grounds.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
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