Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 11.4.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* There’s no shortage of reports like these today: “Voting in Georgia, where the Senate race between Michelle Nunn, a Democrat and David Perdue, a Republican, is expected to be tight, got off to a rough start Tuesday morning. The Secretary of State’s website, where individuals can confirm their registration and polling site, crashed for several hours. Election Protection, run by a national coalition of civic groups to monitor voting issues, said it had received 778 calls before noon on its hotline from frustrated voters in Georgia.”
 
* Nuclear talks: “Iran has tentatively agreed to ship much of its huge stockpile of uranium to Russia if it reaches a broader nuclear deal with the West, according to officials and diplomats involved in the negotiations, potentially a major breakthrough in talks that have until now been deadlocked.”
 
* On the other hand: “Russia has failed to show up at a meeting planning the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, U.S and European officials said Monday, in a potentially serious blow to efforts by President Barack Obama to cement his legacy as leaving the world safer from nuclear terrorism than when he took office.”
 
* Kobani: “Ethnic Kurds are helping members of the Islamic State group in the battle for the key Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, sharing their knowledge of the local terrain and language with the extremists, according to Iraqi and Kurdish officials.”
 
* Speaking of Iraq: “The Nusra Front, a Syrian rebel group affiliated with Al Qaeda, has been expanding its control in the northern province of Idlib, seizing territory from two Western-supported rebel organizations and potentially threatening a critical border crossing with Turkey, according to rebels and monitoring groups.”
 
* Kashmir: “Protests broke out in Indian-administered Kashmir on Tuesday, a day after Indian soldiers opened fire on a car that did not stop at a checkpoint, killing two people in the car and wounding another two, all civilians. Crowds of protesters in the main city, Srinagar, chanted anti-Indian slogans and threw stones at officials, and separatist organizations called for a strike on Wednesday.”
 
* It seems a little early in the year for this: “Warmer temperatures helped Mainers dig out of a surprise early snowfall Monday, but about 85,000 customers remained without power, and it could be several more days before electricity is restored, authorities said.”
 
* In case you missed last night’s segment on this: “The Air Force on Monday fired two more commanders in its nuclear missile corps and took lesser disciplinary action against a third.”
 
* His assessment happens to be true: “Democrats are facing the worst midterm Senate map since President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President Obama bemoaned during an Election Day interview with a Connecticut radio station. ‘There’s no doubt that, when you look at the Senate races, because of the fact only a third of the Senate is up at any given time, it tends to be a little bit arbitrary which seats are really going to be contested and which aren’t,’ Obama said. ‘So, for example, in this election cycle, this is probably the worst possible group of states for Democrats since Dwight Eisenhower.’”
 
* Irrational panic can be as contagious as a virus: “A teacher at a Louisville, Kentucky, Catholic school has resigned rather than take paid leave after parents raised concerns about her trip to Kenya, half a continent away from the Ebola epidemic in western Africa, WDRB Channel 41 TV reported.”
 
* What an embarrassment: “Sharyl Attkisson is now claiming that the various technology problems chronicled in her book ‘may in the end have nothing to do with the intrusions’ into her computer, after she previously suggested her phone, television, personal laptop, and cable systems had all malfunctioned due to hacking by a government agency.”
 
* And as I assume you know, live msnbc coverage of the 2014 elections begins at 6 p.m. eastern and ends, well, whenever it ends. Tune in!
 
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Tuesday's Mini-Report, 11.4.14