Monday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Medal of Honor: “President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter on Monday afternoon, making the cavalry scout only the fifth living service member from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the nation’s highest award for courage.”

* A stunning wildfire: “One of the largest wildfires in recent California history raged out of control in and around Yosemite National Park on Saturday, charring more than 125,000 acres, briefly threatening San Francisco’s power supply and frustrating firefighters’ efforts to contain it.” A U.S. Forest Service spokesperson said the fire is “burning unlike anything we’ve seen in this area historically.”

* Egypt: “The Egyptian military has enlisted Muslim scholars in a propaganda campaign to persuade soldiers and policemen that they have a religious duty to obey orders to use deadly force against supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.”

* The House Speaker is waiting by the phone: “President Barack Obama called multiple foreign leaders over the weekend to discuss a response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, but he hasn’t yet called Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.”

* Fukushima: “The operator of Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear power plant sounded the alarm on the gravity of the deepening crisis of containment at the coastal site on Friday, saying that there are more than 200,000 tons of radioactive water in makeshift tanks vulnerable to leaks, with no reliable way to check on them or anywhere to transfer the water.”

* Gun violence: “A gunman went on a shooting spree across Union County, Fla., Saturday, killing three people, including himself, police said. Hubert Allen, Jr., 72, a longtime employee of Pritchett Trucking, Inc., shot four former co-workers, according to a statement from the Union County Sheriff’s Office.”

* Economy: “Home prices are going up, up, up, but it’s not a bubble just yet. The surge in home prices over the past year may have some home buyers wondering if the market has gotten ahead of itself. Rising interest rates aside, housing prices in most parts of the country appear to have plenty of room to move higher if the wider economic recovery remains intact.”

* Fort Hood: “Convicted Ft. Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan and the military prosecutors who tried him likely agree: Hasan should be executed…. The reason Hasan appears to be seeking the death penalty for himself is likely the same as the one that compelled the 42-year-old Army psychologist to take up arms against his colleagues in the first place.”

* Students paid up to $35,000 for a degree from Donald Trump? “The billionaire businessman lashed out at his critics, particularly New York’s attorney general, who is accusing Trump of defrauding more than 5,000 students who have enrolled in his ‘Trump University.’”

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