Today’s edition of quick hits:
* North Carolina shooting: “Police were searching Monday for the gunman who fatally shot a Wayne Community College employee and sent the North Carolina college campus into lockdown, officials said.”
* Oklahoma: “A Tulsa, Oklahoma reserve sheriff’s deputy was charged with second-degree manslaughter Monday for the shooting death of an unarmed black man, the Tulsa County district attorney said.”
* Blackwater sentencing: “A federal judge in Washington handed down prison terms of 30 years to life behind bars to four Blackwater Worldwide guards convicted in a deadly 2007 shooting that killed 14 unarmed Iraqis and injured others in a Baghdad traffic circle.”
* ISIS targeted: “Iraqi security forces launched a counter-attack on Islamic State in the western province of Anbar on Monday, seeking to reverse an early setback in a new campaign to recapture the country’s Sunni heartland.”
* Afghanistan: “Taliban fighters swarmed over Afghan army posts in the country’s northeast, killing at least 18 soldiers and beheading some in a major attack to mark the start of the country’s summer fighting season, authorities said Monday.”
* Capitol shooting: “The U.S. Capitol Building was locked down for about two hours Saturday afternoon after a man carrying a gun killed himself near the front steps and a suspicious package was found nearby, officials said.”
* Tennessee: “The Tennessee Supreme Court has halted four executions originally scheduled to take place over the next year, effectively suspending capital punishment in the state for the time being.”
* Indiana has some work to do: “The state of Indiana has hired a global public relations firm to help rebuild its image in the wake of national criticism that state politicians were hostile to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.”
* He’s actually a good choice: “In 2010, Republican Bob Inglis lost his congressional seat in the Tea Party wave for, among other things, accepting climate change. Today, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation named Inglis the 2015 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for political courage.”
* NRA’s Wayne LaPierre told supporters over the weekend, “Eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.” What an interesting choice of words.
* Paul Krugman has some thoughts for those who say they vote for people, not parties: “[T]here has never been a time in American history when the alleged personal traits of candidates mattered less. As we head into 2016, each party is quite unified on major policy issues – and these unified positions are very far from each other. The huge, substantive gulf between the parties will be reflected in the policy positions of whomever they nominate, and will almost surely be reflected in the actual policies adopted by whoever wins.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.