Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today, and in Kabul, signed “a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan meant to mark the beginning of the end of a war that has lasted for more than a decade.”

* Also note, Obama will deliver a national address this evening from Bagram Air Base. It will air at 7:30 p.m. eastern.

* Ohio plot thwarted: “Five men described by federal authorities as anarchists who were angry with corporate America and the government have been charged with plotting to bomb an Ohio bridge. The men were arrested Monday night after unknowingly working with an FBI informant for months.”

* Speaking of thwarted plots, Adis Medunjanin was convicted today on “a host of terrorism charges on Tuesday for participating in a plot led by Al Qaeda to stage suicide attacks in the New York subways.”

* Murdoch’s media scandal: “A startlingly damning report on the hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s British newspapers concluding that Mr. Murdoch was ‘not a fit person’ to run a huge international company threatens bruising divisions within the [British] political establishment.”

* The Dow Jones industrial average has closed at its highest level in more than four years.

* Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) has reportedly been cleared of allegations of insider trading by a congressional ethics panel.

* President Obama will welcome the University of Kentucky’s NCAA championship men’s basketball team to the White House on Friday. He invited Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to participate, but McConnell turned the president down.

* And following Mitt Romney’s cheap shot yesterday, James Fallows offers some worthwhile context to former President Jimmy Carter’s background.

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Tuesday's Mini-Report

Updated