Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Warnings were ignored: “U.S. officials tell NBC News that at least one person was killed and three others injured when a U.S. Navy ship, the USNS Rappahannock, opened fire on a small boat about 10 miles offshore from Dubai in the Persian Gulf on Monday.”
* Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrapped up meetings with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who said Egypt will respect its international treaties, before arriving in Israel.
* This probably isn’t good: “With a terse four-paragraph statement, North Korea on Monday announced the dismissal of its top military leader, the latest in what analysts describe as a series of increasingly bold shake-ups to strengthen support for young leader Kim Jong Eun.”
* When President Obama delivered his full stump speech in the rain in Virginia, it remided me of the second season of “The West Wing” and I kind of wondered whether Aaron Sorkin had started writing reality.
* Not encouraging: “Retail sales fell by 0.5 percent month over month in June, government data showed Monday, in a sign that concerns about the struggling recovery, and especially jobs, are taking their toll on consumer outlays.”
* Rick Scott’s purge gets a boost: “The federal government has granted Florida election officials access to a database of noncitizen residents for use in Republican-backed efforts to remove people who are not American citizens from voter registration rolls.”
* Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) keeps poking Grover Norquist with a stick.
* In Japan’s largest anti-nuclear rally since the disaster at Fukushima, “tens of thousands of protesters gathered Monday at a central Tokyo park to urge the government to halt its restart of the nation’s reactor fleet.”
* And in advance of Wednesday’s House Financial Services Committee hearing with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, members will get a private tutorial tomorrow on what the LIBOR scandal means.
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