Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The latest on last night’s NYPD shooting: “New York City detectives investigating the shooting of two plainclothes police officers in the Bronx late Monday have taken three men into custody, officials said on Tuesday.”
* Colorado: “Federal authorities on Tuesday were investigating reports of a small explosion near the NAACP chapter office in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A source described the device to NBC News as a ‘pipe bomb-type’ explosive. There were no reported injuries and authorities could not confirm whether the NAACP office was specifically targeted.”
* A rare veto is on the way: “White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday that President Obama will veto a bill to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which is expected to pass Congress next week.”
* All things considered, it’s a light sentence: “A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to two years in prison, followed by two years probation for public corruption charges…. McDonnell was convicted of 11 counts of corruption for accepting loans, lavish vacations, and jewelry from a businessman seeking political favor.”
* Middle East espionage: “The admission from Hezbollah’s deputy chief was startling. The group, he said over the weekend, is ‘battling espionage within its ranks’ and has uncovered ‘some major infiltrations.’”
* Scalise has expressed regret, but he still hasn’t apologized: “Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who is often referred to as the conscience of Congress on civil rights, called on one of the House’s top GOP officials to apologize for speaking at a gathering of white supremacists in 2002.”
* Climate crisis: “Last year, 2014, was the globe’s hottest year ever recorded by thermometers, and likely the hottest in the history of human civilization.”
* Even now, despite all we’ve learned, there are few figures in American media as pro-torture as the Washington Post’s Marc Thiessen.
* Speaking of conservative media, this is a sad turn of events: “Former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has sued the U.S. Department of Justice for illegal surveillance, alleging that the Obama administration hacked her computers while she was reporting on the Benghazi attacks, Fast and Furious and Obamacare.”
* Fascinating piece on the U.S. government as the nation’s largest bank: “That bank currently has a portfolio of more than $3 trillion in loans, the bulk of them to about 8 million homeowners and 40 million students, the rest to a motley collection of farmers and fishermen, small businesses and giant exporters, clean-energy firms and fuel-efficient automakers, managed-care networks and historically black colleges, even countries like Israel and Tunisia.”
* This won’t end well: “Councilman Kirby Delauter of Frederick County, Maryland lashed out on Saturday at a reporter for using his name in an article without his permission. In a Facebook post, Delauter slammed reporter Bethany Rodgers of the Fredericks News-Post ‘for an unauthorized use of my name and my reference’ in an article over the weekend.” In related news, read this editorial from Delauter’s local paper.
* And outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), still recovering from a household accident, was not on the Senate floor this afternoon for the first day of the session. He did, however, release quite an interesting video.
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