Thursday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., 45 years later.

* Residents of Seoul have “rarely behaved as though their routines could be upended in minutes by the Kim regime to the north and its 10,000 artillery pieces. But after years of largely ignoring threats from North Korea, some residents say they are becoming a bit jittery, with the ascension of an unpredictable young leader in Pyongyang and levels of fury not seen since the early 1990s.”

* Connecticut: “With a green and white ribbon to commemorate the victims of one of the worst school shootings in American history pinned to his lapel, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy signed a broad new package of gun laws Thursday in the state where 20 children and 6 educators were slain nearly four months ago.”

* The number of Obama administration cabinet officials taking a voluntary pay cut continues to grow. The move is intended as a gesture of solidarity with those affected by Republicans’ sequestration cuts.

* Sounds about right: “President Obama said Thursday he’s ‘very optimistic’ Congress will pass comprehensive immigration reform in the coming months, but conceded it’s ‘going to be tougher’ to push through a gun control measure.”

* Good move: “Japan is taking aggressive action to lift consumer prices, encourage borrowing and help pull the world’s third-largest economy out of a long slump.”

* It gets worse in New York: “In Albany’s second major corruption case this week, a New York State lawmaker was arrested on Thursday on federal charges of accepting bribes and another lawmaker was forced to resign after a scheme to help developers open and operate adult day care centers was uncovered.”

* Fascinating piece from Spencer Ackerman, following his interview with Omar Hammami, the most prominent American jihadi left alive.

* And remember disgraced former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), the one who’s out on bail? He appeared on a right-wing radio show yesterday to argue that the Violence Against Women Act is awful because it “includes homosexuality, transgender; setting up all kinds of different classes of sexual deviance.” He later called it “unconstitutional.”

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Thursday's Mini-Report