Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Pressuring Syria: “A United Nations panel concluded on Thursday that ‘gross human rights violations’ had been ordered by the Syrian authorities as state policy at ‘the highest levels of the armed forces and the government,’ amounting to crimes against humanity.”
* 12 Iraqi cities targeted: “A rapid series of attacks across a wide swath of Iraq killed at least 60 people Thursday, targeting mostly security forces in what appeared to be another strike by al-Qaida militants bent on destabilizing the country.”
* A deadly accident: “Two Marine Corps helicopters collided over a remote section of the California desert during a nighttime exercise, killing seven Marines in one of the Corps’ deadliest training accidents in years.”
* As Obama expresses personal regret for the Koran burnings, violent protests continue i0n Kabul.
* The Obama administration today unveiled a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.”
* Warren Buffett puts his support for legislation to implement the “Buffett Rule” in writing.
* Bradley Manning, facing 22 charges, declined to enter a plea at the start of his court martial today, hoping to give his legal team more time.
* A day after calling for the annihilation of Iran, Tucker Carlson said, “I misrepresented my own views.”
* House Republicans made an effort to keep her concerns under wraps, but Sandra Fluke was able to speak today at an informal hearing hosted by the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, addressing the subject of contraception access.