Monday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* President Obama, in Seoul for a summit on nuclear security, is warning North Korea not to follow through on a planned long-range missile test next month, while urging China to help ratchet up international pressure on North Korea.

* Over the weekend, Obama also made his first visit to the peninsula’s demilitarized zone, looking into North Korea through binoculars.

* Trayvon Martin’s mother believes local officials are trying to demonize her deceased son by leaking embarrassing information about his past.

* Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants the Justice Department to examine controversial “stand your ground” laws in Florida and other states.

* Senate Democrats also intend to push for a vote on the “Buffett Rule,” requiring tax fairness for millionaires and billionaires who pay a much lower rate than most of the middle class, on April 15.

* House Democrats are not on board with anther temporary extension on highway funding, and want the lower chamber to approve the Senate’s bipartisan, two-year package.

* Bernanke speaks: “The S&P 500 rebounded from its worst week so far this year to retake a four-year high on Monday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke signaled supportive monetary policy will remain even though the job picture has begun to improve.”

* Suspending operations on pink slime: “The company that makes ‘pink slime’ suspended operations Monday at three of four plants where the beef ingredient is made, saying officials would work to address recent public concern about the product.”

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Monday's Mini-Report

Updated