Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The latest from Cairo: “The Egyptian military said on Monday that it had carried out airstrikes in Libya in retaliation for the beheading of more than a dozen Egyptian Christians by a branch of the Islamic State extremist group there.”
* On a related note, keep in mind that this was Egypt’s “first confirmed foreign military intervention” since the first Gulf War nearly 25 years ago.
* Copenhagen: “Danish police said they killed a man early Sunday who they think was responsible for killing two people and injuring five in shootings at a freedom of speech event and a synagogue in Copenhagen. The attacks came one month after a deadly terror spree in Paris which left 20 people dead – including three gunmen.”
* Related news: “Danish officials have charged two people with helping the gunman believed to be responsible for killing two and injuring five in attacks at a freedom of speech event and at a synagogue in Copenhagen over the weekend, police said on Monday.”
* A serious derailment: “A train carrying crude oil derailed in Fayette County in the [West Virginia] community of Adena Village near Mount Carbon and Deep Water. Adena Village and part of Boomer were evacuated because of the fire.”
* What a mess: “A meeting of eurozone finance ministers on Greece’s debt crisis broke up in acrimony Monday evening, further dimming hopes of a speedy resolution to problems that could result in the new Greek government’s soon running out of money.”
* Tehran: “Iran’s paramount political figure, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has responded to overtures from President Barack Obama seeking better relations by sending secret communications of his own to the White House…. The supreme leader’s response was ‘respectful’ but noncommittal, the diplomat said.”
* Fears of a possible hate crime in Texas: “An early morning fire Friday at an Islamic center in southeast Houston left the facility’s faithful wondering if what appears to be an intentionally set fire was tied to their religion.”
* Labor dispute: “Seeking an end to a protracted labor dispute that has led to costly delays in West Coast shipping, President Obama has decided to intervene, the White House announced on Saturday. At the president’s request, Thomas E. Perez, the secretary of labor, will travel to California to ‘meet with the parties to urge them to resolve their dispute quickly at the bargaining table,’ according to a statement issued by Eric Schultz, a White House spokesman.”
* Maybe the right should cultivate a reality-based economic fear, rather than a fear of something that doesn’t exist: “R.I.P., inflation. You had a good run, but it’s over now that prices are rising less than 1 percent in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, China, and Japan.”
* Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Jesse Ferguson, who beat cancer once, and who now needs to do it again.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
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