Monday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Over the weekend, Spain agreed to accept a bailout for its cash-starved banks. What’s all of this mean? John Cassidy’s overview was helpful.

* U.N. monitors finally gain access to Syrian victims.

* Leak controversy: “Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday assigned two United States attorneys to lead separate criminal investigations into recent disclosures to the news media of national security secrets, saying they were authorized to ‘follow all appropriate investigative leads within the executive and legislative branches of government.’”

* Secretary of Commerce John Bryson was involved in some traffic collisions in California, and his aides said he had “suffered a seizure.”

* On the same incident, Karl Rove’s attack operation, American Crossroads, had to walk back an unfortunate tweet regarding Bryson.

* Economic disaster: “The recent financial crisis left the median American family in 2010 with no more wealth than in the early 1990s, erasing almost two decades of accumulated prosperity, the Federal Reserve said on Monday.”

* Are “Stand Your Ground” laws affected by racial bias? The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights wants to know.

* When irony takes a tragic turn: “A West Virginia man who was hitchhiking across the United States and writing a memoir titled ‘The Kindness of America’ was shot by a motorist in a random attack in northeastern Montana, authorities say.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Monday's Mini-Report