Monday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Honoring Dr. King: “Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that the outcome of the immigration reform and income inequality debates ‘rests ultimately on the ballot box,’ warning civil rights activists to keep fighting to restore the core of the Voting Rights Act.”
 
* Diplomatic drama in Syria: “Under intense American pressure, the United Nations on Monday withdrew an invitation to Iran to attend the much-anticipated Syria peace conference, reversing a decision announced a day earlier.”
 
* Olympics security: “Russian security services may be looking for as many as four ‘black widows’ dispatched to carry out terrorist attacks related to the Winter Olympics, including at least one woman believed to be in or near the Olympic city of Sochi, U.S. and Russian sources told NBC News on Monday.”
 
* Kim Guadagno spoke to the press this morning, but refused to answer questions: “The New Jersey lieutenant governor accused of stiff-arming a mayor by holding hurricane relief funds hostage flatly denied the allegations on Monday as ‘completely false.’”
 
* Iraq: “More than two dozen civilians were killed when seven bombs exploded in public markets and courts in Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad on Monday, medical and security officials said, in yet another flare-up in sectarian violence.”
 
* Ukraine: “An emergency meeting between Ukraine’s government and opposition leaders was scheduled for Monday after clashes between pro-West demonstrators and police turned Kiev into a battleground.”
 
* Pakistan: “A bomb exploded inside a vehicle at a Pakistani military compound in the country’s northwest on Sunday, killing at least 20 paramilitary personnel and wounding 30 more, a security official said.”
 
* This doesn’t sound reassuring: “Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said today that 300,000 state residents need to make their own decisions about using water from West Virginia American Water Company’s Elk River plant in the wake of the Jan. 9 spill of the chemical ‘Crude MCHM.’ ‘It’s your decision,’ the governor told reporters during a press conference at the Capitol. ‘If you do not feel comfortable drinking or cooking with this water then use bottled water.’”
 
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Monday's Mini-Report