Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Today’s mass shooting: “Several people were shot dead Thursday afternoon at the Capital Gazette, a newspaper in the Maryland capital, Annapolis, officials said. Anne Arundel County Executive Steven Schuh confirmed the fatalities at a press conference.”
* A Reuters scoop on Manafort: “A search warrant application unsealed on Wednesday revealed closer links than previously known between President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and a Russian oligarch with close ties to the Kremlin.”
* It’s striking that Republicans have so little to say about this: “The first suspect charged in the 2012 Benghazi attacks has been sentenced to 22-year prison term for his role in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Libyan militant Ahmed Abu Khatallah received his sentence for conspiracy and providing support for terrorism Wednesday in Washington, D.C.”
* This would be effective, if he were prepared to play hardball: “U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday he would not try to strong-arm the Trump administration on tariffs – or other issues – by withholding his support from a Supreme Court nominee.”
* GDP: “The growth in the U.S. economy in the first quarter was trimmed to 2% from 2.2%, largely reflecting lower spending on health care and a somewhat smaller buildup in inventories.”
* Backing down again: “The White House won’t be looking to block companies with at least 25 percent Chinese ownership from buying certain U.S. tech-related companies.”
* Watching Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein make Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) look foolish was oddly satisfying.
* Parade plans: “Four months after President Donald Trump directed the Defense Department to organize a military parade, planning is just beginning but no budget has been assigned yet.”
* Some people probably shouldn’t seek out jobs at pharmacies: “Walgreens pharmacist denies woman miscarriage medication because it goes against his ethics.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.