Thursday’s Mini-Report, 5.15.14

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Net neutrality: “The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted in favor of advancing a proposal that could dramatically reshape the way consumers experience the Internet, opening the possibility of Internet service providers charging Web sites for higher-quality delivery of their content to American consumers.”
 
* VA: “Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki testified before a Senate panel Thursday that allegations of treatment delays and cover-ups at VA medical centers make him ‘mad as hell,’ and he vowed to fix any problems documented by an inspector general’s investigation.”
 
* Syria: “A car bomb killed at least 43 people on the Syrian side of the Bab al-Salam crossing on the border with Turkey on Thursday and wounded dozens more, an antigovernment group said. It appeared to be the latest instance of civilians bearing the brunt of clashes between Islamist groups in insurgent-held territory.”
 
* Ukraine: “In what could represent a decisive turning point in the Ukrainian conflict and a setback for Russia, thousands of steelworkers fanned out Thursday over the city of Mariupol, establishing control over the streets and routing the pro-Kremlin militants who seized control several weeks ago.”
 
* As it turns out, same-sex marriages won’t begin in Idaho tomorrow morning after all: “Same-sex couples will not be able to marry on Friday in Idaho following a temporary order from a federal appeals court Thursday…. In a one-sentence order, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals wrote, ‘The district court’s May 13, 2014 order is temporarily stayed pending this court’s disposition of appellants’ emergency motions for a stay pending appeal.’”
 
* And what about in Arkansas? “A circuit judge in Arkansas has clarified his prior order striking down the state’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages to ensure that clerks are not barred from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.”
 
* Wildfires: “A wildfire near the Southern California city of San Marcos has suddenly roared to life and is burning near homes…. The fire is one of nine wildfires are burning in San Diego County. Crews have made progress on the others.”
 
* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is calling for a constitutional amendment on campaign-finance laws. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) has already scheduled a hearing on the issue for June 3.
 
* Missouri: “Missouri lawmakers sent to Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday a bill that would triple the mandatory waiting period for an abortion. The bill would make Missouri one of only three states with a 72-hour wait between state-required counseling and an abortion. Although 26 states including Missouri have some waiting period, Utah and South Dakota are the only ones requiring 72 hours.”
 
* Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has a new proposal on “reforming” Social Security. Regrettably, the senator’s numbers don’t seem to add up.
 
* Republican senators may not appreciate this, but when they vote to kill bills they personally co-sponsor, it really does seem “ridiculous.”
 
* And the Daily Caller, a conservative news site, may have finally reached its self-parodying peak yesterday, asking readers to choose who’s “hotter”: Ronald Reagan or Kate Upton? “Both were models and actors and both are super hot,” the conservative site told readers. “Both rocked swimsuits and liked to ride horses.” I wish I could make stuff like this up.
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 5.15.14

Updated