Thursday’s Mini-Report, 2.19.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* He’s right: “Obama blasted the so-called ‘war with Islam’ on Thursday, his strongest confrontation against critics on his anti-terror rhetoric yet. ‘The notion the west is at war with Islam is an ugly lie,’ Obama said on the second day of the White House’s global summit on countering terrorism. ‘All of us have a responsibility to reject it.’”
 
* A mild rebuke: “White House spokesman Eric Schultz on Thursday dismissed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s (R) comment that President Obama doesn’t love America. During the president’s flight to Chicago, Schultz told reporters that Giuliani used the same attack during his ‘fleeting 2007 run for the presidency.’”
 
* Eurozone: “Germany on Thursday dismissed Greece’s latest effort to resolve the impasse in debt negotiations between Athens and its creditors.”
 
* Superbug? “Nearly 180 patients at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center may have been exposed to potentially deadly bacteria from contaminated medical scopes, and two deaths have already been linked to the outbreak.”
 
* Sounds like an idea Leslie Knope would come up with: “President Obama will announce Thursday that the National Park Service will give all fourth graders and their families free admission to national parks and other federal lands for a full year.”
 
* Related news: “President Barack Obama this week plans to name Browns Canyon, in central Colorado, a national monument, a designation that adds a new layer of federal protection to the popular spot for whitewater rafting.”
 
* Texas: “Two women were married in Texas on Thursday under a one-time court order – the first same-sex marriage in that state. Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant exchanged vows in Austin. The county clerk said that the right to marry applied only to the couple, and was ordered by a state judge, because one of the women has ‘severe and immediate health concerns.’”
 
* Alabama: “The governor of Alabama offered a written apology to the people of India on Tuesday for the severe injuries suffered by an Indian visitor hurled to the ground by a police officer this month.”
 
* Buenos Aires: “Thousands of Argentines marched in the capital Wednesday demanding answers in the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman exactly one month after he was found in his bathroom with a bullet in his right temple. Protesters waved Argentine flags and carried white signs with black letters that read ‘Justice!’ and ‘Truth!’”
 
* Nice job on this from Dylan Scott: “Why GOP Attorneys General are suing Obama over any and everything.”
 
* Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act made all kinds of predictions in recent years. At this point, each of those predictions has turned out to be completely wrong. If accountability meant anything in the political discourse, this might cast doubts on GOP rhetoric about health care.
 
* It’s quite an operation Tucker is running: “Tucker Carlson, the editor-in-chief of the conservative news site The Daily Caller, told TPM on Thursday that a ‘hungover’ editor was to blame for a headline on the site’s ‘Guns and Gear’ section that included the phrase ‘Kill All The Jews.’”
 
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Thursday's Mini-Report, 2.19.15