Monday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Cabinet: “Calling him ‘one of the most effective mayors’ in his city’s history, President Barack Obama formally nominated Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, D, as his next secretary of transportation.”

* Iraq: “At least 23 people were killed in Iraq on Monday in a series of car bombs in Shi’ite Muslim areas and militant attacks, medics and police sources said, taking the week’s death toll to nearly 200 as sectarian violence intensifies.”

* Syria: “U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon renewed an appeal Monday to Syria to allow U.N. chemical weapons experts into the country, saying that on-site inspections are essential to ‘establish the facts and clear up all the doubts’ surrounding the reported use of the banned weapons in Syria’s escalating civil war.”

* Bangladesh: “The garment factory implosion which occurred in Savar, Bangladesh last week now appears to be the single worst industrial accident in the nation’s history. At least 377 people are dead, and many more remain missing, wounded, or trapped beneath the rubble.”

* On a related note: “The fugitive owner of an illegally-constructed building that collapsed in Bangladesh in a deadly heap last week was captured Sunday at a border crossing with India by members of a commando force.”

* James Everett Dutschke: “A judge declined to set bond Monday for a Mississippi martial arts instructor charged with sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and other government officials.”

* No matter how much Republicans pretend otherwise, making Dzhokhar Tsarnaev aware of his rights as an accused criminal was not optional.

* Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was hospitalized on Friday after yet another bicycle accident. Breyer had surgery after fracturing his collarbone, but is expected to make a full recovery.

* Krugman: “One criticism I face fairly often is the assertion that I must be dishonest – I must be cherry-picking my evidence, or something – because the way I describe it, I’m always right while the people who disagree with me are always wrong. And not just wrong, they’re often knaves or fools. How likely is that? But may I suggest, respectfully, that there’s another possibility? Maybe I actually am right, and maybe the other side actually does contain a remarkable number of knaves and fools.”

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* Jack Hoffman is a seven-year-old boy, who’s battling cancer, and who did this at a football game. Today, he made it to the Oval Office.

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Monday's Mini-Report