Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), the lead sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, got pretty animated on the Senate floor after Republicans killed her bill with yet another filibuster.
* On the other hand: “Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested Tuesday that a bill designed to bring women’s pay up to the level of men’s wages would have created some sort of paycheck Politburo.”
* Eurozone: “Under growing international and financial market pressure to fix the region’s bank problems, European officials on Tuesday took a step toward surrendering a cherished national prerogative by proposing to shift banking regulation to a central authority.”
* Syria: “Syria’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that more than a dozen Western ambassadors and envoys were no longer welcome, a response to the coordinated expulsion last week of Syrian diplomats from the United States and 10 other nations.”
* Keep suffering: “The U.S. economic outlook has not deteriorated to the point that a further easing of monetary policy is warranted, two top Fed officials said on Tuesday, suggesting the U.S. central bank is not gearing up for action at its upcoming meeting on June 19-20.”
* It comes as something of a relief that the New York Times noticed Mitt Romney’s indefensible double standard on evaluating his record on jobs.
* End of the line for Siegelman: “The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the appeals of former Gov. Don E. Siegelman of Alabama and the man convicted of bribing him, a case which has tested the murky limits of when a campaign donation can be considered corrupt.”
* And on a related note, I’d hoped this case would have gone the other way: “The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled against a protester who said his free speech rights had been violated when Secret Service agents arrested him after he made critical remarks about the Bush administration’s war policies.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.