Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Another mass shooting: “Two state troopers and a civilian woman were injured during an ‘active shooter’ situation at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond, Virginia, Thursday afternoon, police told NBC News. A suspect was taken into custody, police said, and the three victims were taken to a local hospital.”
* Another one: “The Mississippi Senate voted Wednesday evening to pass a religious freedom bill which some say could have sweeping anti-LGBT repercussions for the United States. The Republican-dominated Senate voted 31-17 to pass the controversial bill.”
* A rare op-ed from President Obama: “Thursday in Washington, I’ll welcome more than 50 world leaders to our fourth Nuclear Security Summit to advance a central pillar of our Prague Agenda: preventing terrorists from obtaining and using a nuclear weapon. We’ll review our progress, such as successfully ridding more than a dozen countries of highly enriched uranium and plutonium.”
* Turkey: “A car bomb killed seven police officers and wounded around two dozen people in Turkey’s Diyarbakir on Thursday, security sources and officials said, a day before the prime minister is due to visit the biggest city in the largely Kurdish southeast.”
* Alabama: “Gov. Robert Bentley personally bought multiple inexpensive, disposable cell phones last year at a Best Buy in Tuscaloosa, according to current and former employees of the electronics store.”
* Meetings are nice, but they’re more symbolic than substantive: “At least two Senate Republicans plan to meet with Merrick Garland next week, suggesting there’s momentum behind the Democratic campaign to pressure the GOP into at least one-on-one meetings with the Supreme Court nominee, if not an actual confirmation vote this year.”
* Guantanamo: “The Pentagon has notified Congress that it intends to resettle nearly a dozen detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility, including a Yemeni man who has been on hunger strike since 2007 and had lost about half his body weight, U.S. officials said.”
* Good to see this piece from a Republican congressman, Wisconsin’s James Sensenbrenner: “Ensuring that every eligible voter can cast a ballot without fear, deterrence and prejudice is a basic American right. I would rather lose my job than suppress votes to keep it.” If only more of his GOP colleagues felt the same way.
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