Today’s edition of quick hits:
* As I’m about to publish, there are reports out of Nice, France, about a truck running into a crowd of people, possibly as some kind of attack. As of this minute, details are scarce.
* Ginsburg’s walkback: “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday she regrets recent ‘ill-advised’ criticisms of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. ‘On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them,’ Ginsburg said in a statement issued by the court. ‘Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect.’”
* New Jersey: “David Samson – the embattled former chairman of the powerful Port Authority of New York and New Jersey – pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to using his considerable clout to coerce one of the nation’s largest airlines to accommodate his desire for a regularly scheduled, non-stop flight to his South Carolina summer home.”
* Britain’s new top diplomat, Boris Johnson, is off to a difficult start: “France’s foreign minister declared that the ‘leave’ campaigner had ‘lied a lot,’ and Germany’s top diplomat called him ‘irresponsible.’”
* Syria: “The United States on Thursday offered Russia a broad new military partnership in Syria, hoping the attraction of a unified campaign against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida – and a Russian commitment to ground Syria’s bombers – could end five years of civil war. If finalized, the deal could dramatically alter America’s role in the conflict.”
* What a fiasco: “The political conventions, followed by a long summer break, proved a higher priority for Congress on Thursday than funding the nation’s response to Zika, as the Senate failed again to pass legislation dealing with the mosquito-borne illness.”
* That’s a very encouraging number: “The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly held at lower levels last week, pointing to further momentum in the labor market after job growth surged in June. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits were unchanged at a seasonally adjusted 254,000 for the week ended July 9, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims are near the 43-year low of 248,000 touched in mid-April.”
* This guy says he’s running for re-election: “Tennessee state Rep. Jeremy Durham (R) engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct, including sexual harassment, toward 22 women, according to a report from the state attorney general released Wednesday. The attorney general’s office launched an investigation into Durham after it was revealed that the lawmaker sent inappropriate text messages to young female staff members.”
* A powerful report: “Deaths inside American jails frequently go unnoticed, sometimes even unrecorded. Unlike prisons, jails hold people for only short periods – about 21 days on average – and many of their inmates have not been convicted of a crime. Additionally, jails typically aren’t required to release public information about people who die within their walls. The federal government publishes only generalized data years after deaths occur, making it nearly impossible to identify the most dangerous facilities. So we attempted to fill the gap. Huffington Post reporters collected the names of people who have died in jail since the day of Bland’s death: July 13, 2015.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.