Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Presumably Monday’s rhetoric from the right no longer applies? “United States stock markets on Thursday turned in a second day of strong gains, reversing many of the losses sustained early in the week when global markets tumbled.”
* A decade later: “Years after then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama declared ‘America failed the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast’, he returns to the city to hail Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts and highlight the region’s resilience in the face of massive devastation.”
* In related news, Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown, of FEMA notoriety, is still trying to avoid history’s blame.
* What a dreadful story: “An abandoned truck ‘full of bodies’ was found on the side of a highway in eastern Austria on Thursday. Police said the dead were thought to be refugees.”
* Guns: “Walmart said on Wednesday that it would no longer sell high-powered rifles in its stores in the United States. The decision followed years of public pressure on the retailer to stop selling some of the most lethal weapons associated with many of the nation’s mass shootings.”
* Pakistan’s fear of India carries dangerous consequences: “A new report by two American think tanks asserts that Pakistan may be building 20 nuclear warheads annually and could have the world’s third-largest nuclear stockpile within a decade.”
* Supreme Court: “Justice Clarence Thomas has not asked a question from the Supreme Court bench since 2006. His majority opinions tend to be brisk, efficient and dutiful. Now, studies using linguistic software have discovered another Thomas trait: Those opinions contain language from briefs submitted to the court at unusually high rates.”
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