Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Trade deal: “China and the United States vividly displayed on Tuesday why they are both rivals and partners atop the global economy, announcing an agreement to reduce tariffs for technology products even as they promoted competing free-trade blocs for the Asian region.”
* Iran: “The West is facing a ‘make-or-break’ moment to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program, Germany’s foreign minister said Tuesday after high-level negotiations again failed to reach a breakthrough.”
* Spencer goes home: “Dr. Craig Spencer, the last remaining U.S. patient with Ebola, was released from Bellevue Hospital in New York City Tuesday with plenty of hugs and congratulations. Spencer, 33, was infected with Ebola while working with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF or Doctors Without Borders) in Guinea.”
* A striking statistic this Veterans Day: “For years, Vietnam-era veterans have been the nation’s largest group of former military personnel, but a half-century after the start of the U.S. combat mission, that’s about to change. As these vets age into their 60s and 70s, they’re beginning to make way for the next generation, veterans of the Gulf War era. By next fall, Gulf War vets will outnumber Vietnam vets, 7.3 million to 7.1 million.”
* St. Louis: “Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced on Tuesday that law enforcement in the St. Louis area were well prepared for possible demonstrations in the wake of any grand jury announcement related to the shooting death of Michael Brown.”
* What a strange development: “Video footage has emerged of Russian President Vladimir Putin draping a shawl around the shoulders of China’s first lady, a move the Asian country’s censors were quick to block from the public.”
* Good choice: “President Barack Obama announced 19 recipients Monday of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, including three civil rights workers killed by the KKK in Mississippi in 1964…. The medal will be awarded on Nov. 24 to the families of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who were killed on June 21, 1964, near Philadelphia, Mississippi.”
* Good advice: “Republicans shouldn’t appoint a “party hack” to head the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) next year, a former director of the agency warned Tuesday. In an op-ed for Bloomberg View, former CBO and Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag urged Republicans to reappoint current CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf.”
* Lynch earns praise: “Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said Monday that based on his first impression, he assumes U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch will get approved by the Senate to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. McCain called Obama’s nominee and the chief federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of New York an ‘outstanding young woman.’”
* Apparently, the right’s new controversy has something to do with complaining about Jonathan Gruber. Ron Chusid, thankfully, took a closer look at this so I don’t have to.
* After finally getting to the bottom of “pointergate,” I now also understand why I keep seeing “Too Many Cooks” references.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.