Tuesday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Afghanistan: “Suicide attacks involving as many as 14 bombers struck an Afghan city Tuesday, and a motorcycle bomb exploded in a busy market in blasts that killed at least 46 people altogether— the year’s deadliest day for civilians in Afghanistan.”

* Syria: “The State Department said Tuesday it agrees with the analysis of Syrian defector Riyad Hijab that Bashar Assad’s regime is collapsing morally, economically and militarily.”

* Economy: “U.S retail sales rose in July for the first time in four months as demand rose broadly for everything from cars to electronics, a sign that consumers could drive faster economic growth in the third quarter.”

* American Bridge takes a look at Mitt Romney’ “Cayman Daydream.”

* Rep. Dennis Cardoza, a conservative Democrat from California, was set to retire at the end of the year. Instead, he resigned today.

* Paul Ryan will meet with Sheldon Adelson today, but the Romney campaign won’t let journalists cover the event.

* This seems to be causing a stir: “Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that a Republican-led effort to loosen new regulations on Wall Street would put voters ‘back in chains.’”

* And Rush Limbaugh once again drew parallels between the president and Hitler today, which regrettably makes today pretty similar to most days.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report