Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 4.14.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* An unexpected breakthrough: “The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved legislation granting Congress a voice in negotiations on the Iran nuclear accord, sending the once-controversial legislation to the full Senate after President Obama withdrew his opposition rather than face of a bipartisan rebuke.”
 
* Greg Sargent walks through the political considerations of the compromise, which the White House has said the president is prepared to sign. (Sen. Bob Corker’s gloating seems inappropriate and surprisingly immature given the circumstances and his position.)
 
* AQAP: “Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said Tuesday that one of its top leaders, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who had a $5 million bounty on his head, had been killed in an American drone strike. AQAP, al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, issued a statement mourning the cleric, Ibrahim al-Rubeish.”
 
* Yemen: “After weeks of closed-door negotiations between diplomats from Persian Gulf states and Russia, the Security Council on Tuesday imposed an arms embargo on the Houthi fighters battling for control of Yemen and left it to the secretary general to negotiate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemenis who have endured nearly three weeks of Saudi-led airstrikes.”
 
* Tick tock: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he is “optimistic and hopeful” the chamber will approve the $200 billion “doc fix” bill just in time to prevent double-digit cuts to Medicare doctors.”
 
* What passes for progress: “More than three months into the new Congress, Senate Republicans held their first vote on one of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees on Monday evening.”
 
* Boehner-brand hardball: “Remember when two Florida Republican representatives voted against John A. Boehner for speaker and got themselves removed from the House Rules Committee? They haven’t been reinstated – but they have been replaced.”
 
* I’m always glad when Equal Pay Day gets attention: “Based on national pay-disparity numbers, a hypothetical American woman would have to keep working until roughly April 14, 2015, in order to make the same amount of money as a man doing the same work would have made in 2014 – which is why the activist group the National Committee on Pay Equity has selected Tuesday as this year’s Equal Pay Day.”
 
* Robert Schlesinger on recent developments in Kansas: “Conservatives are fond of saying that government is dumb and the market is smart. Apparently they believe that in this case, government is dumb but welfare recipients are dumber; or that government is dumb except when conservatives run it, in which case it’s smart enough to tell the indigent how to live.”
 
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Tuesday's Mini-Report, 4.14.15