Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Yemeni crisis: “The pro-American president of Yemen abruptly resigned Thursday night along with his prime minister and cabinet, leaving his Houthi opponents the dominant force in a leaderless country that is a breeding ground for Al Qaeda.”
* ECB: “The program to try to jolt the European economy out of its doldrums that Mario Draghi unveiled Thursday is several months late, timid compared with its counterparts in the United States and Japan, and full of complexity aimed at satisfying his political constituents. It may also be the last, best hope to prevent Western Europe from sliding toward another lost economic decade, with the high unemployment and geopolitical strains that would imply.”
* ISIS: “Japan is struggling to contact ISIS extremists holding two hostages ahead of a deadline for their execution, an official said on Thursday.”
* Another spill? “North Dakota health officials are on the scene of a saltwater spill in Williams County of more than 100,000 gallons. The Health Department says it was reported 9 miles southwest of Tioga by Hess Bakken Investments II LLC. The state says 2,500 barrels of source water was released from a pipeline and impacted a nearby stock dam. The water used for recovering oil is higher in dissolved solids and minerals than fresh water.”
* Consolation prize for culture warriors: “House Republicans passed a watered-down antiabortion bill Thursday after withdrawing a more restrictive measure that some female GOP lawmakers argued would hurt the party’s efforts to broaden its appeal to women and younger voters.”
* At a protest today for opponents of abortion rights, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked for some assistance: “I’m going to need your help to find a way out of this definitional problem with rape.” Right Wing Watch has the video.
* The eighth formal veto threat since the start of the Congress: “The Obama administration on Thursday threatened to block Republicans’ latest abortion bill, arguing that the use of taxpayer dollars for abortions is already illegal under federal law.”
* Argentina: “Confronted with a deepening scandal, the president of Argentina abruptly reversed herself on Thursday, saying that the death of a prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center was not a suicide as she and other government officials had suggested.”
* The politics of trade are not at all straightforward: “Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada on Thursday threw cold water on President Barack Obama’s plans to pursue trade agreements in 2015, one of the few points of bipartisan interest from his State of the Union address earlier this week.”
* Pennsylvania: “A Pennsylvania grand jury has recommended that Kathleen G. Kane, the state’s attorney general, be charged with perjury and other crimes in connection with her office’s disclosure of details about the secret investigation of a Philadelphia civil rights leader, according to documents released Wednesday.”
* It’s amazing it’s come to this: “It may be the happiest place on Earth, but California health officials are warning people to stay away from Disneyland unless they’re vaccinated.”
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