Monday’s Mini-Report, 4.21.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Biden in Kiev: “Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Kiev Monday for a two-day show of support for Ukraine’s pro-Western government as the Obama administration weighs whether to impose additional, broader sanctions on Russia over its actions in support of pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine.”
 
* Last week’s progress was fleeting: “Russia’s foreign minister accused the interim authorities in Kiev on Monday of flagrantly violating the international accord reached last week aimed at defusing the crisis in eastern Ukraine, in remarks that suggested Russia may be further preparing the groundwork for a military intervention.”
 
* Utah: “An accused street gang member standing trial in federal court in Salt Lake City was shot and wounded by a marshal on Monday as the defendant attacked a witness who was testifying against him, federal law-enforcement officials said.”
 
* Yemen: “Dozens of suspected al Qaeda fighters have been killed in the latest in a string of strikes against the terror organization’s Yemen affiliate over the weekend, Yemeni officials say, just days after the affiliate released a video of a large daytime militant rally.”
 
* They gave it their best shot: “The United Auto Workers (UAW), the union which recently lost a vote to unionize Volkswagen employees in Chattanooga, Tenn., withdrew its legal protest against the outcome of the election. One of the most high-profile unionization battles in recent memory is now over, and the labor movement’s enemies are the victors.
 
* I’m guessing Assad will fare well: “Syria will conduct a presidential election on June 3, the government said on Monday in an announcement criticized by both the opposition and the United Nations as a new threat to prospects of reviving peace talks in the country’s civil war.”
 
* Scott’s appeal was a long shot: “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s request that it review a lower court ruling that his drug testing policy for state employees was unconstitutional. The decision leaves in place a May 2013 appeals court ruling against Scott’s executive order making consent to suspicionless drug testing a condition of employment. A judge said it violated workers’ Fourth Amendment rights protecting against unreasonable searches and seizure.”
 
* Smart reversal: “Following an outcry, food manufacturer General Mills has referred back to its prior legal policy, which makes no mention of forced arbitration as a condition of interacting with the company.”
 
* Snowden: “NSA leaker Edward Snowden instantly regretted asking Russian President Vladimir Putin a softball question on live television about the Kremlin’s mass surveillance effort, two sources close to the leaker tell The Daily Beast. ‘It certainly didn’t go as he would’ve hoped,’ one of these sources said. ‘I don’t think there’s any shame in saying that he made an error in judgment.’”
 
* How odd: “Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson is augmenting her campaign to paint herself as a victim of liberal media bias with conspiratorial and false attacks on Media Matters.”
 
* Former GE chief executive Jack Welch didn’t like what Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) had to say about Keystone XL, which is why he thinks the congresswoman “should be arrested.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 4.21.14