Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Apparently, in the UK, they vote before bombing: “An overwhelming majority of British Parliament members on Friday agreed to participate in U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)…. Lawmakers voted on launching strikes in Iraq only.”
* Syria: “A Western-backed opposition force of around 12,000 to 15,000 will be needed to retake areas of eastern Syria controlled by Islamic State militants, the top U.S military officer said on Friday, as the Pentagon outlined the first steps in a U.S.-led training program that could run several years.”
* Chicago: “Hundreds of flights into and out of Chicago were canceled Friday, and airports across the country braced for gridlock after a fire authorities believe was intentionally set blazed through the basement of a Federal Aviation Administration control center outside the city.”
* Ebola: “Doctors and nurses are finally volunteering to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa after a long period of paralyzing fear in which almost none stepped forward.”
* North Korea: “A North Korean state media report has acknowledged that Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un is suffering from ‘discomfort,’ according to Reuters. Kim has not been seen in public for the past several weeks. Reuters said that an hour-long documentary broadcast on Thursday in North Korea showed footage of Kim, 31, walking with difficulty.”
* Be skeptical: “The delay in implementing Ukraine’s association agreement with the European Union leaves space for a settlement of the Ukraine crisis, the Russian foreign minister said Friday.”
* Trymaine Lee has the latest from Ferguson: “It was another tumultuous night in Ferguson, capping a week in which a memorial to Michael Brown burned to the ground and the city’s spokesman was fired after revelations he once killed an unarmed man.”
* Pennsylvania: “Pennsylvania’s Democratic attorney general made a seriously NSFW accusation on Thursday about some staffers who worked for Gov. Tom Corbett (R). Attorney General Kathleen Kane reportedly gave local journalists a look at a series of sexually explicit emails, videos and photos that she said were circulated on state computers by staffers who worked for Corbett during his time as the state’s attorney general.”
* Inversion: “Chiquita Brands International and Fyffes, two of the globe’s largest banana companies, are inching closer to combining forces after a failed merger attempt this past March…. If approved, the agreement will grant Chiquita shareholders a nearly 60 percent stake in the new company, a step up from the virtually even split the companies were previously considering.”
* This sort of thing didn’t use to be acceptable in society: “Fox News contributor Allen West, who has previously called President Obama an ‘Islamist’ with unclear ‘loyalties,’ is now calling on the military to ignore orders from its commander-in-chief.”
* I’d never heard of “the tow truck driver to the presidents,” but it’s a surprisingly nice story.
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