Today’s edition of quick hits:
* A significant outcome: “In a significant victory for the Obama administration, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on Thursday refused to block an Environmental Protection Agency regulation limiting emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants.”
* Europe: “A senior European Union official carried a stark warning Thursday to the front lines of the migrant crisis, telling those seeking to flee poverty and unrest that Europe is no longer the answer, even as nearly 1 million migrants have now poured into Europe in the past year. ‘Do not come to Europe,’ said Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, after meeting with the Greek prime minister in Athens.”
* The 2014 midterms came with consequences: “The Senate Wednesday rejected a Democratic effort to add $600 million to a bipartisan bill targeting heroin and opioid abuse. Supporters of the immediate funding won a majority of the Senate votes. But the 48-47 tally fell short of the 60 votes required for an attempt by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., to add the money.”
* Flint: “Gov. Rick Snyder is ‘fully committed to remaining in office,’ his spokesman said Wednesday, despite a call for his resignation from Michigan’s House minority leader over the Flint water crisis.”
* Iraq: “Almost 1.5 million Iraqis are in danger of being killed by a wall of water if the dismally maintained Mosul dam collapses, a former senior government engineer who was once in charge of the country’s dam system warned on Thursday.”
* Oklahoma: “[A]fter quakes have shaken the homes of some top elected officials – and those of the worried constituents who vote for them – the state is taking new steps to address the problem, even as critics say it is too little, too late.”
* Utah is moving towards ending its death penalty; Florida is moving towards restoring its death penalty; and Virginia is moving towards expanding execution options in its death penalty.
* Don’t pack your bags just yet: “Since Super Tuesday, searches for moving to Canada on Google are up – way up – in the U.S.”
* The fact that Scott Kelly is roughly two inches taller now that he’s returned from space is interesting, but it’s not the only change of interest to scientists.
* My opinion is obviously irrelevant, but I hope the new flag is approved: “The final stage in New Zealand’s bid to change its flag has begun, with voters asked to choose between the current design and a silver fern against blue and black.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.