Friday’s Mini-Report

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at an event, Jan. 23, 2014, in Camden, N.J.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at an event, Jan. 23, 2014, in Camden, N.J.
Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* More out of  New Jersey: “In a strongly worded 19-page letter, the lawyer to Bill Stepien, the former campaign manager and staffer to Gov. Chris Christie embroiled in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, is objecting to a subpoena sent to his client by a legislative committee investigating the controversy.”
 
* Syria: “Syrian government and opposition teams ended their first attempt at peace talks on Friday with rancorous recriminations and uncertainty over whether they would even return for further face-to-face negotiations.”
 
* Kiev: “Ukrainian protest leaders learned Friday that one of their number, missing for more than a week, had turned up in the woods outside Kiev, his ear and cheek deeply slashed, the blood caked on his face. He had puncture wounds in his hands, and told friends that his abductors had crucified him.”
 
* Making a difference: “President Obama has persuaded some of the nation’s largest companies, including Walmart, Apple, General Motors and Ford, to revamp their hiring practices to avoid discriminating against applicants who have been out of work for a long stretch of time.”
 
* NSA: “In nominating Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers as the new director of the National Security Agency on Thursday, President Obama chose a recognized expert in the new art of designing cyberweapons, but someone with no public track record in addressing the kinds of privacy concerns that have put the agency under a harsh spotlight.”
 
* Afghanistan: “They look like victims of an insurgent attack – their limbs in need of amputation, their skulls cracked – but the patients who pour daily into the Ghazni Provincial Hospital are casualties of another Afghan crisis. They are motorists who drove on the road network built by the U.S. government and other Western donors – a $4 billion project that was once a symbol of promise in post-Taliban Afghanistan but is now falling apart.”
 
* In the clear: “United States Capitol Police told The Hill on Friday that it won’t pursue a case against Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) regarding his confrontation with a reporter this week.”
 
* And Dana Milbank makes a compelling case against the 22nd Amendment, which has always been a pet issue of mine.
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report