Thursday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* President Obama “strongly” condemned the violence in Egypt, and canceled a scheduled U.S. military exercise in the country.

* The death toll in Egypt has soared: “The death toll surpassed 500 on Thursday from Egypt’s bloodiest crackdown on supporters of its deposed Islamist president, as violent new protests erupted in the country and world condemnation widened, including an angry response by President Obama and calls for a suspension of European economic aid.”

* Beirut: “A powerful car bomb ripped through the southern suburbs of Lebanon’s capital on Thursday, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 200, the authorities said, in what appeared to be an attack aimed at Hezbollah, the militant Shiite group.”

* Iraq: “Car bomb attacks killed at least 34 people in Baghdad on Thursday but the Interior Ministry said it would not allow al Qaeda, which it blames for a surge in sectarian violence, to turn Iraq into another Syria.”

* Pentagon: “Under pressure from Congress, the Pentagon on Thursday announced several revamped policies to prevent and prosecute sexual-assault cases, but the measures did little to satisfy some lawmakers and advocacy groups who are pushing for bigger changes.”

* Economy: “The U.S. is on track to end the year with the fewest homes repossessed by lenders in six years, a trend that should help limit the negative impact foreclosures have on home values.”

* A case worth watching: “Gay couples in New Jersey, testing the reach of a landmark Supreme Court ruling earlier this summer, asked a judge Thursday to declare same-sex marriage legal in the Garden State.”

* Predictable demands from Heritage: “The leader of a powerful right-leaning group is urging House Republicans not to pass any immigration bills this Congress.”

* Aaron Carroll 1, Peggy Noonan 0.

* And the story in San Diego gets even worse: “A fifteenth woman came forward Thursday to San Diego’s KFMB claiming that Mayor Bob Filner (D) made an ‘inappropriate movement’ on her body at a public event years ago.”

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Thursday's Mini-Report

Updated