Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* There’s not much bipartisan cooperation on gun policy, but once in a while, there’s some. We’ll have more on this on tonight’s show.

* The arc of history is bending towards justice in the UK, too: “British lawmakers on Tuesday backed legalizing gay marriage in the first of several votes on the issue after a debate which split Prime Minister David Cameron’s ruling Conservative party in two. The draft law, which proposes legalizing same-sex marriage in 2014, was carried by 400 votes to 175 votes.”

* President Obama will visit Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan this spring. It will leave Reagan, H.W. Bush, and Ford as the only modern presidents who never visited Israel during their time in office.

* That’s quite a network: “As many as 54 nations aided the United States in rendition and detention operations that swept up more than 130 people as part of the Central Intelligence Agency’s global counterterrorism efforts, according to a report released Tuesday by the Open Society Justice Initiative, a human rights advocacy group.”

* Hmm: “President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traveled to Cairo on Tuesday, the first visit by an Iranian leader to Egypt since the two countries broke off diplomatic relations three decades ago and a barometer of the shifts in regional dynamics underway since the start of the Arab uprisings.”

* The Pentagon has decided to extend “certain benefits” to the spouses of gay and lesbian personnel. Why not all benefits? Because it’s not legally permissible under the Defense of Marriage Act.

* Superdome officials, as far back as October, were issuing warnings that “the venue’s electrical system could suffer a power outage” during the Super Bowl.

* Newtown: “The six Newtown teachers and administrators who died protecting their students at Sandy Hook Elementary School will be the posthumous recipients of the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal.”

* Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “If I had my way, there would be no death penalty. But the death penalty for now, is the law.”

* Best of luck to Jon Favreau, as he departs his White House speechwriting office and heads to, of all places, Hollywood.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report

Updated