Today’s edition of quick hits:
* POTUS on Ukraine: “As the pro-Russian authorities in Crimea pressed ahead with measures to break away from Ukraine and become part of Russia, President Obama said Thursday that their plans for a referendum would ‘violate the Ukrainian Constitution and violate international law.’”
* U.S. House on Ukraine: “The House on Thursday approved legislation that would allow the Obama administration to provide loan guarantees to Ukraine. After a quick debate, the House voted for the bill 385-23, with the only ‘no’ votes coming from Republicans. The hastily written bill, H.R. 4152, is seen by many as a first step toward shoring up Ukraine’s economy, which was faltering even before Russia’s military intervention this week.”
* Afghanistan: “An American airstrike killed five Afghan National Army soldiers and wounded eight more Thursday morning, according to Afghan and American officials. The attack took place at 3:20 a.m. in the Charkh District of Logar Province, in eastern Afghanistan. Local officials attributed it to a drone strike, though a spokesman for the American military later said that crewed aircraft had been involved.”
* Following up on yesterday’s controversy, the CIA insists it didn’t spy on the Senate. Rather, the agency believes Senate staffers were responsible for a security breach, including inappropriately removing classified materials, and the CIA says it pursued the incident accordingly.
* House Dems haven’t been this apoplectic in a while: “Hours after the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus introduced a resolution condemning Rep. Darrell Issa, Republicans shelved it. The House on Thursday voted 211-186, on a party line vote, to table the privileged resolution.”
* The Russia Today broadcast was quite a sight: “A Washington-based anchor for the Kremlin-backed RT news channel announced her resignation on-air Wednesday, saying she ‘could not be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashed the actions of Putin.’”
* The foreclosure nightmare doesn’t get as much attention as it used to, but as Suzy Khimm reminds us, it’s not over.
* I generally have no use for online trolling, but when the State Department does it to terrorists, I approve.
* Donald Trump apparently believes former President Jimmy Carter is dead. For the record, he’s not.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.