Monday’s Mini-Report, 4.6.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Another U.S. ally endorses the framework: “Saudi Arabia’s cabinet said on Monday it welcomed an interim deal between Iran and world powers over Iran’s disputed nuclear program and that it hoped a final deal would rid the region of weapons of mass destruction.”
 
* CJR report: “Rolling Stone magazine has retracted its explosive story, ‘A Rape on Campus,’ and the writer of the story has apologized, on the heels of a Columbia Journalism School report on the magazine’s missteps.” Irin Carmon takes a closer look at the four key takeaways from the investigation.
 
* Gun violence “Two women and three children aged 5 years and under have been wounded in a shooting at a townhome in Indianapolis, police said Monday. Authorities said no one has been arrested and that police are looking for three suspects in the Sunday night attack.”
 
* In California, where water use is being curtailed, farms use 80% of the state’s water supply. So why are farms excluded from Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) drought order? ”They’re providing most of the fruits and vegetables of America to a significant part of the world,” the governor said yesterday.
 
* Georgia: “A Republican bid to cut early voting in Georgia – which was slashed once already not long ago – failed last week after voting rights activists mobilized against it.”
 
* A difficult year for congressional staffers: “A senior aide to New Hampshire US Senator Kelly Ayotte resigned his position after he was arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute, Ayotte’s office announced late Saturday night. David Wihby, 61, served for the past year as Ayotte’s state director, the number two staffer behind her chief of staff.”
 
* The Weekly Standard told its readers last week, “According to the www.healthcare.gov web site, you can get an income-based exemption if ‘you don’t have to file a tax return because your income is below the level that requires you to file.’ Sounds simple enough, right? Until further investigation reveals that this exemption is claimed directly on the tax return. That’s right – the tax return you’re not required to file.” As it turns out, the Weekly Standard is 100% wrong.
 
* If you haven’t already seen it, President Obama’s interview with Thomas Friedman on U.S. policy towards Iran is really terrific and well worth your time. From my perspective, it’s required reading to fully understand the broader debate.
 
* It’s interesting to see how conservative intellectuals can be divided into three major camps when it comes to the right’s response to the climate crisis.
 
* Wait, Judith Miller is back? “Miller’s war reporting was disastrously wrong, and now she’s trying desperately to spin it all away.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 4.6.15