Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The transcript from the Supreme Court’s oral arguments this morning is online here (pdf). For recaps and analysis, I’d recommend pieces from Irin Carmon, Ian Millhiser, Sahil Kapur, and Adam Liptak.
* Ouch: “President Obama acknowledged Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea would be difficult to reverse, but he dismissed Russia as a ‘regional power’ that did not pose a leading security threat to the United States.”
* Washington mudslide: “Rescuers expanded their search Tuesday morning for survivors or bodies amid worsening weather conditions in the muck of a massive mudslide above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River in Snohomish County.”
* Afghanistan: “With security concerns already mounting before the Afghan presidential vote next week, a Taliban assault team on Tuesday turned election offices in eastern Kabul into a scene of carnage, in a new and brutal statement of their intent to derail the voting.”
* Keep an eye on this one: “The Senate Intelligence Committee has pushed back a vote on its controversial report on Bush-era interrogation techniques until next week, Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Tuesday.”
* According to the IRS, bitcoins aren’t currency, but they are property.
* The underinsured count, too: “Obamacare’s goal isn’t simply helping the uninsured. It’s also supposed to help the ‘underinsured’ – people with policies that are so expensive to maintain, or leave such large gaps in coverage, that paying for health care is still a devastating burden.”
* Georgia: “Pro- and anti-gun forces do not agree on much, but they do agree on the breathtaking sweep of the Georgia legislation allowing guns in bars, schools, restaurants, churches and airports that is now awaiting the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal.”
* Dana Liebelson talked to Alaska state Sen. Pete Kelly (R) about his policy of supplying bars with publicly funded pregnancy tests, but not contraception.
* Ugh: “Despite studies that consistently point to discrimination as the cause for disproportionately harsh discipline on students of color, a National Review Online article falsely suggested that unrelated black crime rates and ‘family breakdown’ are to blame.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.