Today’s edition of quick hits:
* ISIS: “French warplanes conducted their first airstrikes against targets in northern Iraq just hours after the U.S. Senate approved arming and training Syrian rebels to enter the fight against Islamic State militants. Rafale fighters struck a logistics depot, which French President Francois Hollande declared ‘entirely destroyed.’”
* It looks like Kobach has pulled the plug on a prolonged fight: “Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has directed county election officials to start mailing ballots to voters overseas Saturday without having a Democratic nominee listed for the U.S. Senate.”
* Following the Scottish vote against independence from the U.K., First Minister Alex Salmond, the head of the pro-independence Scottish National Party, announced he’s stepping down.
* “It’s On Us”: “A new White House campaign aims to enlist communities – and men in particular – to reduce sexual violence on college campuses. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden both spoke Friday at the launch of ‘It’s On Us,’ a campaign aimed to encourage bystander intervention and to give young men and women tools to help survivors of sexual assault.”
* Will Europe take the CIA at its word? “The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States…. Under the stand-down order, case officers in Europe largely have been forbidden from undertaking ‘unilateral operations’ such as meeting with sources they have recruited within allied governments.”
* The search for Eric Frein continues: “On the seventh day of a manhunt for a survivalist suspected of killing a state police trooper, scores of police were trying to flush him out of the dense, swampy northeastern Pennsylvania woodland.”
* In case you missed last night’s 72-22 Senate vote: “After some last-minute drama on immigration, the Senate took care of Congress’ last must-pass piece of business before the November elections – keeping the government funded and providing authority for arming and training Syrian rebels in the fight against the terror group known as ISIS.”
* More tragic gun violence: “A grandfather shot and killed his daughter and her six young children before killing himself at his home in north-central Florida on Thursday, the authorities said.”
* Sanctions matter: “ExxonMobil has halted drilling on its platform in the Kara Sea and begun shutting down its $700-million joint venture with Russia’s Rosneft energy giant to comply with U.S. sanctions that take effect next week, energy industry sources reported Friday.”
* Good move: “[T]he Obama administration is announcing a comprehensive set of new federal actions to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and protect public health. Additionally, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is releasing a related report on Combating Antibiotic Resistance.”
* Such clumsy carelessness: “Vice President Joe Biden has had a rough week…. [O]n Friday, Biden felt the love from Democratic women at an event in Washington – even as he made another verbal blunder by favorably invoking disgraced former Sen. Bob Packwood, who resigned following allegations of sexual assault.”
* The confirmation process is exasperating: “The White House withdrew two contentious nominees Thursday after they hit snags in the Senate. Rhea Sun Suh’s nomination was withdrawn for assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks in the Department of the Interior. The other was Alison Renee Lee, whose nomination ended for a federal judge position in South Carolina.”
* Maureen McDonnell’s lead defense attorney is now working for House Republicans, taking the lead on their anti-Obama lawsuit.
* Krugman: “This just in: Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free. But will anyone believe the good news?”
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