Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 2.24.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Will the House GOP be responsible? “Senate Republicans offered a new proposal Tuesday to avert a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security this weekend, but it faced an uncertain future after Democrats demanded assurances that the House would support it.”
 
* Syria: “Three missing London schoolgirls believed to have traveled to Turkey as part of an attempt to join ISIS forces have likely reached Syria, British police said Tuesday.”
 
* He’s right: “Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that Russia has repeatedly lied to him about its activities in Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting national forces.”
 
* And speaking of Kerry: “Secretary of State John Kerry defended Tuesday the Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying the U.S. policy is to prevent the Iranians from getting atomic weapons.”
 
* Greece: “Eurozone finance ministers on Tuesday approved Greece’s plan meant to ease the hardships created by its international bailout, extending that loan program by four more months.”
 
* The choice for the court is between success and chaos: “The Obamacare chief told Congress on Tuesday that the Obama administration has ‘no plans’ that would mitigate the damage of a potential Supreme Court decision invalidating health insurance subsidies on the federal health insurance exchange.”
 
* Florida: “The federal civil rights investigation into the 2012 shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin will wrap up with no charges filed, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.”
 
* By all appearances, his career will survive: “Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald apologized Monday for misstating that he served in the military’s special forces…. The VA website says McDonald is an Army veteran who served with the 82nd Airborne Division.”
 
* A new headache for the beleaguered governor: “In a major blow to Gov. Chris Christie, a New Jersey judge ruled on Monday that he violated state law when he declined to make the full payment into the state’s pension system for public employees last year and ordered him to find a way to fund it now.”
 
* Adding to Christie’s woes: “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s top spokesman and longtime confidante is leaving the administration as the governor eyes a 2016 bid for the presidency.” Michael Drewniak’s involvement in “handling fallout from lane closures at the George Washington Bridge brought him into controversy.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 2.24.15