Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Capitol Hill shooting: “Police locked down the US Capitol complex on Monday after a police officer was shot, NBC News has learned. ‘Shooter has been caught,’ the Capitol’s sergeant at arms reported. ‘One police officer shot, but not seriously.’”
* A devastating attack in Pakistan: “A suicide bomber set off a powerful blast close to a children’s swing set in a public park on Sunday evening in the eastern city of Lahore, killing at least 69 people and wounding around 300, rescue workers and officials said.”
* The investigation in Brussels continues: “Belgium on Monday released the sole suspect prosecutors had arrested directly in relation to the Brussels terror attacks.”
* Um, can we talk a little more about this? “As a dragnet aimed at Islamic State operatives spiraled across Brussels and into at least five European countries on Friday, the authorities were also focusing on a narrower but increasingly alarming threat: the vulnerability of Belgium’s nuclear installations.”
* The whole idea of man-made earthquakes is still something I find extraordinary: “On Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey published for the first time an earthquake hazard map covering both natural and ‘induced’ quakes…. Some 7 million people live in places vulnerable to these induced tremors, the USGS concluded.”
* A done deal in California: “A deal to raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 was reached Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators, making the nation’s largest state the first to lift base earnings to that level and propelling a campaign to lift the pay floor nationally.”
* If only Donald Trump had some understanding of his own rhetoric: “Trade deficits are not inherently good or bad; they can be either, depending on circumstances. The trade deficit is not a scorecard.”
* Idaho: “Beginning July 1, Idaho residents age 21 or older will be allowed to carry a concealed firearm without a permit inside city limits. Gov. C.L. ‘Butch’ Otter has signed Senate Bill 1389 into law, which will relax the state’s gun policy and remove permitting requirements for concealed carry.”
* If there were a competition to see who could come up with the least persuasive rhetoric related to the Republicans’ Supreme Court blockade, clearly Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) would be a gold medalist. The poor guy just doesn’t seem to feel any shame whatsoever.
* I’m not overly fond of air travel. This won’t help: “An American Airlines pilot was arrested Saturday on the runway as shocked passengers looked on after he failed a breathalyzer test at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.” Note, the three words that jump out at me in that sentence were “on the runway.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.