Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Eurozone: “Germany’s director at the European Central Bank has thrown his weight behind mass purchases of Spanish and Italian debt to prevent the disintegration of the euro, marking a crucial turning point in the eurozone debt crisis.”

* Afghanistan: “Insurgents hiding outside the heavily fortified Bagram Airfield fired a pair of rockets that damaged the parked C-17 transport plane used by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff.” Two base military personnel were slightly wounded.

* Despite a valiant effort, Diana Nyad was pulled from the water before reaching her destination.

* A big setback: “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned one of the Obama administration’s hallmark air quality rules Tuesday, ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency had overstepped its authority in curbing pollution from Midwest power plants too sharply.”

* Mars: “After more than two weeks of sitting still, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is finally set to roll out on the Red Planet with its debut drive on Wednesday.”

* Worth watching: “The Justice Department is establishing a civil rights unit in Alabama after the state’s crackdown on illegal immigration raised broader concerns about compliance with federal laws.”

* Richard Miniter’s new book includes an alleged “blockbuster” charge against President Obama. It’s not standing up well to scrutiny.

* And Newsweek is still struggling to defend the awful Niall Ferguson cover story the magazine admits it never fact-checked.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report

Updated