Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Ukraine: “The embattled president of Ukraine, whose shift toward closer relations with Russia provoked the deadliest political crisis in his country’s post-Soviet history, signed a compromise deal on Friday that will diminish his power and watched helplessly as an emboldened Parliament voted overwhelmingly to free his imprisoned rival and grant amnesty to all protesters.”
* FCC: “A proposed government study of how media organizations gather news has incited a powerful backlash, particularly among conservatives, who said that it could be part of an official effort to intimidate or second-guess journalists.” This really isn’t a big deal.
* Marriage: “A judge ruled Friday that Chicago-based Cook County doesn’t have to wait until June to begin allowing same-sex couples to marry…. The ruling comes after same-sex couples filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to begin same-sex marriage earlier than the June date set by the state legislature. The state’s gay marriage law is set to take effect June 1.”
* Don’t be surprised if this story out of New Jersey, about Paul Nunziato, turns out to be quite significant in the long run: “The president of the union that represents police officers for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who has come under increasing scrutiny in connection with the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, told his membership on Thursday that he would step aside from the union’s day-to-day operations, a person briefed on the matter said.”
* Detroit: “Seven months after this city entered bankruptcy, its leaders on Friday presented a federal judge with the first official road map to Detroit’s future – documents designed to show how it aims to settle its $18 billion debt to creditors and make itself livable again.”
* West Virginia: “The Tomblin administration today released previously undisclosed test results showing low levels of the chemical MCHM in the regional water supply.”
* More West Virginia: “What has seemed inevitable for weeks was made official today: Freedom Industries will soon be finished as a company.”
* I imagine it would annoy Charles Krauthammer that the same newspaper that publishes his bogus claims about climate change also publishes pieces explaining why Krauthammer is wrong. Wouldn’t it be more efficient for all involved if the editors simply chose not to publish his falsehoods in the first place?
* That doesn’t sound like much of an apology: “Ted Nugent apologized to President Obama on Wednesday for calling the president a ‘subhuman mongrel.’ “I do apologize – not necessarily to the president – but on behalf of much better men than myself,’ he said in an interview when asked by conservative radio host Ben Ferguson if he would apologize if he saw Obama, according to CNN.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.