Thursday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Six months after the massacre, Sandy Hook Elementary’s victims were remembered at a Capitol Hill event this afternoon.

* Syria: “American and European intelligence analysts now believe that President Bashar al-Assad’s troops have used chemical weapons against rebel forces in the civil war in Syria, an assessment that will put added pressure on a deeply divided Obama administration to develop a response to a provocation that the president himself has declared a ‘red line.’”

* More on Syria: “A U.S. military proposal for arming Syrian rebels also calls for a limited no-fly zone inside Syria that would be enforced from Jordanian territory to protect Syrian refugees and rebels who would train there, according to U.S. officials.”

* Grassley’s poison pill goes down: “The Senate voted 57-43 on Thursday to table an amendment to the immigration reform bill that would have required increased border security before providing a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.”

* NSA leak probe: “FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said Thursday that the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation of Edward Snowden, who declared himself the source of leaks on the National Security Agency’s sweeping electronic surveillance programs.”

* Economy: “U.S. retail sales rose in May at the fastest rate in three months, led by higher demand for autos, building materials and groceries. Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6% last month, or by 0.3% excluding the auto sector, the Commerce Department said Thursday.”

* St. Louis shooting: “St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself.”

* Deborah Jones takes over for Chris Stevens as U.S. ambassador to Libya.

* Protest ruling: “The Supreme Court has come up with a new regulation banning demonstrations on its grounds, two days after a broader anti-demonstration law was declared unconstitutional.”

* Diversity: “For the first time, America’s racial and ethnic minorities now make up about half of the under-5 age group, the government said Thursday. It’s a historic shift that shows how young people are at the forefront of sweeping changes by race and class.”

* U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin is stepping down next month.

* There’s a fair amount of hypocrisy to be found on NSA surveillance among partisans, but Sean Hannity reversals are simply breathtaking.

* And did you hear the one about the conservative Republican congressman who accidentally went to an LGBT event? That’s what happened to Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas) last week.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Thursday's Mini-Report

Updated