Friday’s Mini-Report

A man runs as he carries a child who survived from what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at al-Ferdaws in Aleppo, Jan. 21, 2014.
A man runs as he carries a child who survived from what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at al-Ferdaws in Aleppo, Jan. 21, 2014.
Photo by Ammar Abdullah/Reuters
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Syria: “Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that President Obama had asked aides to develop new policy options to deal with the deteriorating situation in Syria.”
 
* Vice President Biden delivered quite a message to House Democrats today: “There isn’t a Republican party. I wish there were, I wish there was a Republican party. I wish there was one person we could sit across the table from and make a deal and make the compromise and know when you got up from the table that the deal was done.”
 
* Kansas: “The Kansas Senate will not pass a bill in its current form that would prevent lawsuits against someone who refuses, for religious reasons, to provide services to gays and lesbians, the chamber’s president said Friday.”
 
* Immigration: “President Obama predicted that Congress would pass an immigration reform bill before the end of his presidency in a Univision Radio interview airing Friday.”
 
* Workers at the VW plant in Chattanooga are wrapping up their unionization vote tonight. The White House is backing the labor movement.
 
* Shocking images in Turkey: “Turkish bloggers and journalists expressed outrage on social networks Thursday at images of a female television reporter who was knocked down by a direct blast of red liquid fired from a police water cannon during a protest in the capital, Anakara.”
 
* Resilience Fund: “President Obama will pitch a new $1 billion climate change resilience fund during a visit Friday to California. The fund, which would need to be approved by Congress, is intended to help communities dealing with negative weather that’s the result of climate change.”
 
* New rules for pot industry: “The Obama administration issued new rules Friday intended to ease the concerns of banks wanting to deal with businesses that legally sell marijuana, something the nation’s banks have so far declined to do.”
 
* Solar: “The Ivanpah solar power plant stretches over more than five square miles of the Mojave Desert. Almost 350,000 mirrors the size of garage doors tilt toward the sun with an ability to energize 140,000 homes. The plant, which took almost four years and thousands of workers assembling millions of parts to complete, officially opened on Thursday, the first electric generator of its kind. It could also be the last.”
 
* Another setback for anti-gay activists in Indiana: “For anybody watching, it might not have seemed particularly eventful, but because of what did (not) happen during Thursday’s convening of the Indiana Senate, the state will not face a ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage this year.”
 
* Wisconsin: “Democrats in the Wisconsin state legislature launched an effort to repeal the state’s constitutional ban on marriage equality Thursday, as a legal challenge makes its way through the court system.”
 
* There are some perspectives I will simply never understand: “Peggy Noonan, of all people, thinks the country has become too infatuated with the ‘personality’ and ‘charisma’ of its presidents.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report