Monday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* The Taliban launched a three-day offensive in Afghanistan, which ended today with 39 of the attackers being killed in and around Kabul.

* Eleven U.S. Secret Service officials have been placed on leave “as the agency’s internal watchdog opened an investigation into accusations of misconduct involving prostitution in Cartagena, Colombia, where President Obama arrived on Friday for a summit meeting.”

* On a related note, Cuba has apparently become a wedge issue at the Summit of the Americas.

* Looking for a little good economic news? U.S. retail sales for March “shot up 0.8 percent, sharply higher than the forecast.”

* World Bank: “The World Bank named Jim Yong Kim, Dartmouth College’s president, as its new chief on Monday after an unprecedented competition against nominees from Nigeria and Colombia.”

* Congrats to the 2012 Pulitzer winners.

* If he wins re-election, President Obama intends to make immigration reform a leading domestic policy priority in 2013.

* Stunning: “For every soldier killed on the battlefield this year, about 25 veterans are dying by their own hands.”

* And finally, organizers of the London Olympics recently inquired about having Keith Moon, the legendary drummer from The Who, play at this year’s games. Moon will not be available to participate, on account of being dead since 1978 – a detail event organizers in London should probably already be aware of.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Monday's Mini-Report

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