Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Iraq: “In an address to the nation Tuesday night, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated the Iraqi people on the liberation of Ramadi and the opening of a road connecting the western city to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.”
* Texas can’t block Syrian refugees: “U.S. District Court Judge David Godbey of Dallas ruled on Monday that it was not up to the courts to interfere with issues that should be handled by the executive branch and that Texas officials failed to prove the state could win its lawsuit challenging the process of finding refugees new homes.”
* Not sure what to make of this one: “The Obama administration is ‘on the verge of taking action’ against the Islamic State in Libya, where the terrorist network has flourished in recent months, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee told POLITICO on Tuesday.”
* At the height of the recession, there were 6.8 unemployed workers for every job opening. Now, that number has improved to just 1.4.
* Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) decided to issue a written State of the State address, rather than deliver an address to members of Maine’s legislature. It’s an odd, eight-page document, which uses the word “socialist” a lot.
* Remember, Florida’s reputation is well deserved: “Authorities in Florida have arrested a man accused of throwing a live alligator through a restaurant’s drive-through window. Investigators identified Joshua James, of Jupiter, Fla., as the man who tossed the 3½-foot reptile into a Wendy’s last fall, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.