Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Nigeria: “A suicide bomber dressed as a student killed at least 48 people at a school assembly in northeastern Nigeria on Monday, a hospital official said. Most of the victims were students. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in the town of Potiskum in Yobe State, a territory that has been hit by Islamist Boko Haram rebels during a five-year insurgency.”
* Afghanistan: “Three blasts on Sunday morning punctured months of relative calm in Kabul, with the Taliban carrying out at least two attacks, including a suicide bombing inside the city’s heavily fortified Police Headquarters that reportedly targeted senior officials there. The toll from the attacks, which took place over the course of a few hours, appeared limited, with Afghan officials saying the sole person killed was a senior police official, and that at least seven people had been wounded.”
* If he’s recovered, there are zero confirmed Ebola cases in the United States: “Craig Spencer, the New York City doctor who became the first person in the city to test positive for Ebola, is being released from Bellevue Hospital Center on Tuesday morning, people familiar with his treatment said on Monday.”
* The death toll climbs: “A fourth victim shot by a classmate at Marysville-Pilchuck High School has died at Harborview Medical Center. Andrew Fryberg, 15, died Friday evening. He had been in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview in Seattle since the shooting two weeks ago.”
* ISIS: “It’s still not clear whether Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, was hit over the weekend by an airstrike in Iraq. But the uncertainty raises a question: What would the militant organization look like without its savvy, shadowy man in charge?”
* State Department: “President Obama will nominate longtime Democratic national security staffer Antony J. Blinken to be the No. 2 official at the State Department, the White House said Friday. Blinken will replace William J. Burns, a senior diplomat, as deputy secretary of state. Blinken, 52, was a top aide to Vice President Biden in the White House and for years before that in the Senate. He has most recently served as deputy national security adviser.”
* Oklahoma: “An armed man took at least two people hostage in an office building in Norman, Oklahoma, on Monday, prompting dozens of workers to flee for safety, police said.”
* Aren’t conservatives supposed to be against running to court over disputes like these? “Rush Limbaugh is hopping mad at the Democratic Party – but this time he’s threatening to do more than just talk about it on the radio. The conservative pundit is threatening to sue the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for a series of fundraising e-mails that suggested Limbaugh was condoning campus rape in comments he made on his widely syndicated program on Sept. 15.”
* To his credit, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has decided to step down from the No Labels board. Because some corners of the political world are a little too predictable, he’ll be replaced by Joe Lieberman.
* Open enrollment, on the way: “The Obama administration said Sunday that consumers could shop for health insurance and compare their options on HealthCare.gov starting Monday, even before the open enrollment period formally begins five days later.”
* I think I finally understand all the “pointergate” references I’ve been seeing lately.
* Remember when we had a president who felt the need to apologize for the use of American power, in part because a close ally wasn’t sure if we stood with them? I believe the year was 1983….
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.