Monday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes against targets inside Syria over the weekend. More on this on tonight’s show.

* Disgusting: The Air Force official in charge of its sexual-assault policies was arrested for groping, authorities said Monday. Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, 41, was removed from his position as head of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office pending an investigation, a senior defense official said.”

* Bangladesh: “Violence erupted across Bangladesh on Monday as Islamist fundamentalists demanding passage of an anti-blasphemy law clashed with security forces, leaving a destructive trail of property damage and at least 22 people dead after a second day of unrest.”

* A new day brings new complications: “With a shot heard round the Internet, the first known 3-D printed gun is a reality. But the bigger ruckus comes from the gun’s digital blueprints, now available for free download by any shooters who want to build their own.”

* All has not been well in Albany lately: “New York State Sen. John Sampson, a Democrat representing parts of Brooklyn, New York City, was indicted Monday on federal charges of embezzlement, obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI, officials said.”

* They’d need five more votes: “Senate Democrats believe that they have several new votes in favor of a bill that would expand background checks for gun buyers, after weeks in which those who opposed the legislation faced strong political backlash at home.”

* President Obama is stubborn: “In the latest bit of outreach to Congress to press for his troubled domestic agenda, Mr. Obama invited two Republicans, Senators Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Bob Corker of Tennessee, and one Democrat, Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, to golf with him at Joint Base Andrews.”

* Harvard Professor and author Niall Ferguson blasted John Maynard Keynes’ economic philosophy based on, of all things, Keynes’ reported homosexuality. Over the weekend, Ferguson apologized.

* I’m not sure how the Big Dog intended to get around John Bonham being dead: “It’s a diplomatic failure at the highest level: Bill Clinton couldn’t get Led Zeppelin to reunite. The CBS ‘60 Minutes Overtime’ webcast reported Monday that the former president was enlisted to ask the British rock gods to get back together last year for the Superstorm Sandy benefit concert in New York City. He asked, they said no.”

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Monday's Mini-Report