Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* A diplomatic breakthrough: “Pakistan said it will reopen land routes that the United States and other NATO nations use to supply troops in Afghanistan, seven months after the roads were closed in response to an attack by U.S. aircraft that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.”

* Iraq: “A Kia truck with explosives hidden in its cargo of watermelons exploded on Tuesday in Diwaniyah, a largely Shiite city in southern Iraq, leaving at least 40 people dead, including a 6-year-old boy, local officials said.”

* The American auto industry continues to be the economy’s silver lining.

* The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion has already brought health care benefits to more than 500,000 Americans.

* Important detail: “Last week Florida federal district court judge Robert Hinkle ruled against the Justice Department’s motion for a temporary injunction against Florida’s voter purge. The ruling was widely portrayed as a victory for the state, by Florida Governor Rick Scott and many in the media. Yet the ruling itself was less of an endorsement for Florida and more of a rebuke.”

* Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) vetoed a new voter-ID bill. Good.

* A scandal has forced the ouster of Barclays Chief Executive Bob Diamond, who resigned today. Diamond also happens to be a major Mitt Romney donor.

* Former Commerce Secretary John Bryson won’t face charges in California.

* And apparently we needed a poll to tell us that this holiday week, Americans still like the Declaration of Independence.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report

Updated