Monday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* In Afghanistan, two U.S. officers were shot and killed inside the Interior Ministry building over the weekend. The violence is believed to be related to the American military’s burning of Korans at a NATO military base.

* A shooting at suburban Cleveland high school today left one student dead and four injured. The shooter, who was later caught, was described “as an outcast.”

* What a sham: “As violence continued to rage in Syria on Monday, the country’s Interior Ministry announced that voters had approved a new Constitution by a margin of almost 9-to-1 in a referendum on Sunday that Western leaders labeled a farce.”

* The IAEA report notwithstanding, American intelligence analysts continue to believe “there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb.”

* Try to imagine evacuating Tokyo.

* Murdoch media scandal continues: “The officer leading a police investigation into Rupert Murdoch’s British newspapers said on Monday that reporters and editors at The Sun tabloid had over the years paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for information not only to police officers but also to a ‘network of corrupted officials’ in the military and the government.”

* Warren Buffett doesn’t seem impressed with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) call for him to “shut up.”

* American manufacturing is looking up.

* Republican strategist Alex Castellanos noted, “Republicans being against sex is not good. Sex is popular.”

* And on a related note, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has conceded that his anti-contraception hearing, featuring an all-male opening panel, wasn’t his “greatest success.” That’s quite an understatement.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Monday's Mini-Report