Thursday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Keep a close eye on this one: “President Obama is open to meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at next week’s United Nations General Assembly Meeting, the White House said Thursday. Press secretary Jay Carney said Obama is ‘willing to have that meeting … provided that Iran demonstrates a seriousness about dealing with its nuclear weapons program.’”

* Syria: “Speaking ahead of the General Assembly of the United Nations next week, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the Security Council must be prepared to act to rid the world of Syria’s chemical weapons.”

* A big vote tonight: “The House is expected to pass a Republican bill Thursday that would reduce spending for food stamps by $39 billion over 10 years, according to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office. The bill, which the CBO estimates will result in the loss of benefits for an estimated 3.8 million people in 2014, is expected to pass with only GOP votes.”

* Navy Yard: “The director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, provided on Thursday the most up-to-date account of the gunman’s rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, saying that he was ‘hunting people to shoot’ as he made his way through the building but did not appear to have targeted a particular person or group of people.”

* LGBT: “Legally married same-sex couples enjoy the same federal rights as other married couples when it comes to pensions, 401(k)s, health plans and other employee benefits, even if they live in states that don’t recognize their union, the Labor Department said Wednesday.”

* Overturned: “A Texas appeals court tossed the criminal conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Thursday, saying there was insufficient evidence for a jury in 2010 to have found him guilty of illegally funneling money to Republican candidates.”

* Jonathan Ferrell case: “The district attorney in Charlotte, N.C., has recused himself from the case against a police officer charged in the killing of Jonathan Ferrell, an unarmed man the officer shot to death last weekend.”

* Climate: “The Obama administration is about to take a major step forward on climate change – a crucial piece of a long-term strategy to join other countries in tackling the Earth’s environmental woes, but one sure to fuel a furious GOP counterattack in 2014.”

* And Charles Krauthammer thinks President Obama is too much of a “narcissist” to surround himself with people like Leon Panetta and ob Gates. That might make more sense if both Panetta and Gates hadn’t already been part of the president’s team.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Thursday's Mini-Report