Today’s edition of quick hits:
* It was a historic weekend in Kiev: “Ukraine’s acting interior minister said on Monday that the authorities were in pursuit of the ousted president, Viktor F. Yanukovych, who was believed to be in Crimea in the south of the country, and that he would be arrested on charges of mass murder in the killings of dozens of antigovernment protesters last week.”
* Venezuela: “Last week the government arrested a prominent opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez, whom it charged with inciting protesters to violence…. On Saturday, thousands of people in Caracas, the capital, attended one of the largest opposition rallies yet, a sign that the protests, which began this month with isolated student demonstrations against high crime, may continue to gain strength.”
* Uganda: “Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday signed a bill into law that imposes a life sentence upon anyone found guilty of repeated same-sex sexual acts.”
* The Obama administration wasted no time in responding: “Secretary of State John Kerry demanded Monday that Uganda ‘repeal’ its new anti-gay law and warned that the State Department has begun a ‘review’ of U.S. assistance to the impoverished East African nation.”
* More on this on tonight’s show: “The Defense Department on Monday proposed substantially cutting the size of the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, slashing a class of attack jets and rolling back personnel costs in an effort to adjust a department buoyed by a decade of war to an era of leaner budgets.”
* El Chapo: “Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn want Joaquín Guzmán Loera, a Mexican drug lord captured on Saturday, to return to the United States to face a long list of charges, competing with several other jurisdictions seeking his extradition.”
* When bailouts create profits for American taxpayers: “On Friday, Fannie Mae passed a milestone years in the making. The District-based mortgage giant announced that by next month it will have sent the Treasury more than it received from a taxpayer-funded bailout.”
* Timothy Lee has a good piece on Comcast’s deal with Netflix, and how it relates to net neutrality.
* I do love this story: “President Obama will correct a historical act of discrimination next month when he awards the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest commendation for combat valor, to a group of Hispanic, Jewish and African-American veterans who were passed over because of their racial or ethnic backgrounds.”
* The right won’t like it, but this column from E.J. Dionne Jr. is spot on: “Republicans are unhappy that President Obama is invoking his executive powers to govern in the face of a do-nothing-in-2014 House of Representatives. To hear them talk, you would think our chief executive is modeling himself on the late Hugo Chavez and wants to seize dictatorial control. This, of course, is nonsense. In fact, Obama has in many ways been less aggressive in his use of executive authority than his predecessors.”
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