Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Incremental progress: “Emerging from a historic meeting with his Cuban counterpart, President Obama said Monday that he remained concerned about the communist island’s record on human rights but said the two countries had enough in common to negotiate a slow normalization of relations.”
* Mali: “Unidentified gunmen attacked a hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako on Monday that had been converted into a base for a European Union military training mission in the West African nation, a Defense Ministry official and a witness said.”
* The U.S. Supreme Court “declined on Monday to take up a lawsuit filed by two neighboring states of Colorado over its legalization of marijuana.”
* On a related note, this is unexpectedly fascinating: “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday wrestled with whether a lawsuit filed by European Union countries accusing cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds of running a global money-laundering scheme involving narcotics smuggling into Europe can move forward.” The company formerly known as RJR Nabisco was also accused of giving “material support to foreign terrorist organizations.”
* Well, that’s an attention-getting headline: “What we’re doing to the Earth has no parallel in 66 million years, scientists say.”
* If you’re looking for a piece to catch up on Brazil’s Petrobras scandal, as I was, I found Vox’s overview to be quite helpful.
* If you haven’t seen the video of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) tearing apart Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R-Utah) cheap Supreme Court talking points, it’s worth your time.
* Public service really isn’t for everyone, including some folks who get elected: “A [state] lawmaker responded to an email from a Gulfport woman saying he ‘could care less’ about her concerns and suggested she move out of Mississippi.”
* Do I love this? Yes. Yes, I do: “When scientists in the U.K. asked the public to name their new $290 million polar research ship, they expected the name of an explorer such as Sir Ernest Shackleton or a naturalist like David Attenborough to eventually be emblazoned across the vessel’s bow. However, they didn’t factor in the Brits’ oddball sense of humor. By 9 a.m. Monday (5 a.m. ET), more than 27,000 people had voted to name the ship ‘RRS Boaty McBoatface.’”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.