Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Stick a fork in the peace process? “The Israeli government decided on Thursday to suspend American-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians because of the agreement the Palestinians announced on Wednesday between two rival factions, one of which refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist.”
* The latest out of Afghanistan: “Three Americans were killed at a private hospital in Kabul on Thursday morning when an Afghan police officer turned his gun on them, officials said, in a new eruption of anti-Western hostility here. The shooting took place at Cure International Hospital, a 100-bed facility that specializes in the treatment of disabled children and women’s health issues. One of the physicians who worked there was hosting visitors from the United States, said Gen. Mohammad Zahir, the Kabul police chief.”
* Pulling the plug in Oregon: “The Obama administration is poised to take over Oregon’s broken insurance exchange, according to officials familiar with the decision, who say that it reflects federal officials’ conclusion that several state-run marketplaces may be too dysfunctional to fix.”
* Ukraine: “Russia announced on Thursday that it was immediately starting military drills involving its army and air force along the border with Ukraine, harshly criticizing the government there for moving against pro-Russian forces occupying various government buildings in a show of force that left a still-undetermined number of people killed and wounded.”
* Cliven Bundy apparently has a new strategy: dig deeper.
* The number of times Fox News has mentioned Bundy in April before today: 458. The number of times Fox News has mentioned Bundy today: 2.
* White House weighs in on AFP: “ ‘Disappointing’ and ‘shameful’ – that’s how a White House spokesman on Thursday characterized an Americans for Prosperity ad that featured an image from President Barack Obama’s visit to the victims of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting.”
* Stevens sure has kept busy lately: “Retired Justice John Paul Stevens made some news in an interview with NPR’s Scott Simon on Thursday. Scott asked him if the federal government should legalize marijuana. ‘Yes,’ Stevens replied. ‘I really think that that’s another instance of public opinion [that’s] changed.’”
* If only George Will remembered Reagan as well as Steve M. remembers Reagan.
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