Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Tonight in Missouri: “A St. Louis County grand jury has reached a decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown and the decision will be announced later Monday, according to a spokesman for the county prosecutor’s office.”
* Afghanistan: “President Obama decided in recent weeks to authorize a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year.”
* Extending the diplomatic window: “A yearlong effort to reach an enduring accord with Iran to dismantle large parts of its nuclear infrastructure fell short on Monday, forcing the United States and its allies to declare a seven-month extension, but with no clear indication of why they think they can ultimately overcome the political obstacles that have so far blocked a deal.”
* Kenya: “The Somali terror group Shabab on Saturday claimed responsibility for the massacre of 28 bus passengers, killed in an early morning attack near the Somali border in northern Kenya.”
* Israel: “Three Arab men were arrested on Monday on suspicion of stabbing two Israeli Jews in the Old City an Israeli police spokesman said, extending a spate of violence that has roiled Jerusalem for a month.”
* Ohio: “A grand jury in Cleveland will decide whether to charge an officer who shot and killed a 12-year-old boy holding a toy gun at a park over the weekend, officials said Monday.”
* Sounds definitive: “US Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, an Army veteran and West Point graduate, answered with an emphatic ‘no’ when asked Monday whether he was interested in becoming defense secretary.”
* Immigration: “A six-year-old enforcement tool that links people booked into local jails with federal immigration authorities is getting the ax as part of President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms.”
* Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) had some important words for the state senator who joined the GOP and destroyed Medicaid expansion: “I hope you sleep easy tonight, buddy.”
* Dear conservatives, you know that awful feeling that came with the realization that Benghazi wasn’t a real scandal? That discomfort in your gut when you learned all of the conspiracy theories were wrong? It’s probably a good idea to keep that feeling in mind: “An Internal Revenue Service watchdog has located an estimated 30,000 of the lost Lois Lerner emails, according to a source familiar with the matter.”
* The Arizona biology-textbook story we’ve been following: “Community members who reside within the Gilbert Public Schools’ boundaries will have to wait a little longer to find out exactly how the district will redact several of its textbooks, a decision that may have become finalized during the meeting.”
* Ron Fournier falsely claimed President Obama won’t negotiate with Republicans on immigration. Reminded of reality, Fournier suggested one of his critics may be part of a White House conspiracy. The Beltway media really doesn’t have to be this way.
* Is “Saturday Night Live” funny? Yes. Is it a good a way to learn the basics about American civics? No.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.