Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 4.15.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Ukraine: “The Ukrainian military stormed an airport 25 miles north of this city on Tuesday, beginning what the president called a military operation to confront pro-Russian militants in the eastern part of the country.”
 
* Boston, one year later: “In a somber but also uplifting ceremony today on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, the victims killed in the attacks were remembered, while the courage and compassion were praised of those who aided the survivors, both in the seconds right after the deadly explosions and the ensuing year.”
 
* Kansas: “A state prosecutor on Tuesday charged a 73-year-old white supremacist in the killing of three people outside two Jewish community facilities on Sunday. At a news conference in this Kansas City suburb, the authorities announced one count of capital murder and one count of premeditated first-degree murder against Frazier Glenn Miller of Aurora, Mo…. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.”
 
* NYPD: “The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped, the department said.”
 
* Medal of Honor: “On May 13, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Kyle J. White, a former active duty Army Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.”
 
* Immigration: “President Obama met with faith leaders Tuesday to discuss immigration, as Democrats looked to ratchet up pressure on House Republicans to take up immigration reform this year. ‘The president believes that there is an opportunity that still exists for House Republicans to follow the lead of the Senate, including Republicans in the Senate, and take up and pass comprehensive immigration reform,’ White House press secretary Jay Carney said.”
 
* Economy: “Regardless of what Americans think about Obamacare, reining in health-care costs is winning the support of investors in U.S. Treasuries.”
 
* More economy: “Spring is here, and so are the shoppers. March retail sales rose by the most in 18 months, after a brutal winter kept consumers away from stores early this year, according to government data released Monday. But the uptick is probably temporary.”
 
* The state of Florida has “ditched a controversial GOP-backed program aimed at catching voters who are registered in multiple states, which some voting-rights advocates say can make it easier for eligible voters to be wrongly purged from the rolls.”
 
* In what way is the Beltway “wired” for Republicans? Consider what happens when the CBO delivers good news for the Affordable Care Act, as compared to mistaken impressions of misunderstood CBO data in February.
 
* Some typos are more serious than others: “President Barack Obama used the unique power of the nation’s highest office Tuesday to correct a typo. The error was made in a report used to sentence convicted drug dealer Ceasar Cantu of Katy, Texas, and resulted in 3 1/2 extra years being added to his prison term. Obama took the extraordinary step of commuting Cantu’s sentence from 15 years to 11 1/2 years. It’s only the 10th time Obama has used his power to cut the sentence of federal inmates.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 4.15.14