Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 5.13.14

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Stay: “The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed the execution of Robert James Campbell, 41, on the grounds that he did not have a ‘fair opportunity’ to argue his IQ is too low, just two weeks after Oklahoma botched the lethal injection of a death row inmate who was seen writhing and moaning before he eventually died 43 minutes later. The execution was scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. A federal appeals court denied a stay of execution earlier Tuesday for Campbell, who was convicted of raping and killing a 20-year-old Houston bank teller.”
 
* Hard to blame him: “Lakhdar Brahimi, the veteran United Nations mediator tapped to help broker a political settlement in Syria, resigned on Tuesday, signaling the bleak prospects for peace in a conflict that has gone on for more than three years and claimed more than 150,000 lives.”
 
* New Jersey: “Michael Drewniak, the chief spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie’s administration, testified today that he informed members of the governor’s senior staff in early November that he had been told that administration staffers were aware of or involved in lane diversions at the George Washington Bridge that snarled traffic in Fort Lee during the second week in September.”
 
* MERS: “President Obama has been briefed about the outbreak of the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome, the White House said Tuesday, one day after a Florida health worker became the second confirmed case within the United States.”
 
* Iran: “As Iran and six world powers meet this week in Vienna to begin drafting language to resolve their nuclear standoff, negotiators say they are finally confronting a crucial sticking point to a permanent agreement – the size and shape of the nuclear fuel production capability that Iran will be permitted to retain.”
 
* Judicial nomination fight, Part I: “A controversial Georgia judicial nominee disavowed his state legislature votes on the Confederate flag and naming abortion doctors at a Senate Judiciary hearing Tuesday, but his confirmation remains in doubt as he faces fire from an array of liberal groups.”
 
* Judicial nomination fight, Part II: “Left-leaning groups accustomed to being on the same side when it comes to the law are now at odds over the nomination of David Barron, a former Justice Department official who helped craft the legal justification for the killing of American extremist Anwar al-Awlaki.”
 
* Some myths are hard to kill: “McDonald’s never paid $2.9 million because of hot coffee.”
 
* National Journal has some real work to do: “National Journal’s Ron Fournier illustrated in his latest column why it’s a bad idea to rely on excerpts from a book for one’s commentary rather than actually reading it.”
 
* And a wild story out of Maryland: “A man claiming to be God rammed a truck through the front of a Baltimore-area television station Tuesday, leaving a gaping hole as reporters and other staff fled the building.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 5.13.14

Updated