Monday’s Mini-Report, 4.14.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Overland Park, Kansas: “Prosecutors said Monday that they would file hate-crime charges against a white supremacist accused of killing three people outside a Jewish Community Center and at a nearby retirement community in a suburb of Kansas City, Mo.”
 
* Ukraine: “In a new sign of desperation, Ukraine’s acting president asked the United Nations on Monday to send peacekeeping troops to the east of the country, where pro-Russia militias have seized government buildings and blocked major highways with seeming impunity.”
 
* White House: “President Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday to discuss the escalating crisis in Ukraine, the White House said. The call came after press secretary Jay Carney slammed Russia for ‘clearly provocative actions’ in Ukraine and said it is consulting with European allies about the ‘next steps’ to take in response to the crisis. Obama has already spoken to French President Francois Hollande.”
 
* Loan guarantee: “Treasury Secretary Jack Lew signed a $1 billion loan guarantee to Ukraine Monday, as the U.S. tried to bolster that nation’s efforts to resist Russia’s push into the region. The U.S. guarantee will complement support the International Monetary Fund has agreed to provide to Ukraine. Under the arrangement, the U.S. will pay $1 billion in Ukrainian debt if that nation defaults.”
 
* Nigeria: “An explosion caused by a suspected car bomb tore through a crowded bus station in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, on Monday during the morning rush hour, and the police said at least 71 people were killed and 124 wounded in one of the most lethal attacks to strike the country.”
 
* Iraq: “Militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria gained control of the main road that links Baghdad with the northern provinces for a short time on Sunday, while a series of explosions around Iraq left up to 25 dead, according to security forces.”
 
* Pulitzers: “A team of 28 Post journalists, led by reporter Barton Gellman, shared the public-service award with the British-based Guardian newspaper, which also reported extensively about the NSA’s secret programs. Both Gellman and Glenn Greenwald, then the Guardian’s lead reporter on the NSA pieces, based their articles on classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who has fled to exile in Russia, lending a controversial edge to this year’s awards.”
 
* Sarah Kliff has a great report on Vermont pursuing single-payer: “The state is three years deep in the process of building a government-owned and -operated health insurance plan that, if it gets off the ground, will cover Vermont’s 620,000 residents – and maybe, eventually, all 300 million Americans.”
 
* And I guess this was inevitable: “Rush Limbaugh entertains the idea that Hillary Clinton shoe assault was staged.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 4.14.14