Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Germany: “The co-pilot of the crashed Germanwings plane appears to have ‘intentionally’ brought the plane down while his captain was locked out of the cockpit and banging to be let back in, prosecutors said Thursday.”
* Yemen: “Egypt said Thursday that it was prepared to send troops into Yemen as part of a Saudi-led campaign to drive back the Iranian-backed Houthi advance, signaling the growing likelihood of a protracted ground war on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula.”
* That’s a lot of troops: “Saudi Arabia has mobilized 150,000 troops and some 100 fighter jets to rout Iran-linked fighters that have taken over swathes of neighboring Yemen, a security adviser to the kingdom told NBC News on Thursday.”
* On to the Senate: “The House gave sweeping approval Thursday to a bipartisan plan to alter payment systems for Medicare providers and extend a popular children’s health program, fueling momentum for legislation that could soon reach President Obama’s desk. The vote, 392 to 37, came as Senate Democrats’ resistance to the more than $200 billion health package faded and Obama signaled he would sign the plan.”
* Oklahoma: “Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for Tulsa County and 24 other counties after severe storms that included tornadoes swept through the state Wednesday. “
* Detroit: “Officials in suburban Detroit appealed for patience and calm Thursday while investigators review why police repeatedly punched, kicked and Tasered an unarmed black driver who ran a stop sign.”
* What? “According to a shocking report released Thursday by the Department of Justice, agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration engaged in ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia”?
* CFPF: “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday unveiled a new plan that it said would help rein in the $50 billion payday lending industry and prevent low-income borrowers from facing spiraling levels of debt.”
* Courageous: “This week, Ohio State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D) stood up during a legislative debate about a proposed abortion ban and revealed publicly for the first time that she had been sexually assaulted, became pregnant, and had an abortion.”
* A bizarre story out of Georgia: “A 67-year-old Roswell man claimed he was only trying to be a “patriot” when he planted a bomb at a local park, according to a federal complaint against him.”
* Good for Microsoft: “On Thursday morning, Microsoft announced that it would require many of its 2,000 contractors and vendors to provide their employees who perform work for Microsoft with 15 paid days off for sick days and vacation time.”
* House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) created a fundraising committee called “Whip It Good.” Devo is not amused.
* Can the Daily Caller’s reputation deteriorate further, reaching unseen depths? Unfortunately, yes, it can.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
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