Today’s edition of quick hits:
* VA: “The White House announced Tuesday that it is dispatching one of President Obama’s top aides to investigate deaths allegedly connected to a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Phoenix, part of the administration’s efforts to contain growing outrage over delays in treatment and rigged recordkeeping at veterans hospitals.”
* Nigeria: “Twin car bombings on Tuesday killed at least 46 in central Nigeria in the latest in a series of deadly blasts that will stoke fears about security despite international help in the fight against Boko Haram Islamists.”
* GM: “General Motors is recalling 2.4 million more vehicles, the automaker said Tuesday, bringing its total recalled in the United States this year to more than 13 million.”
* Guilty: “On Monday, the Swiss financial giant Credit Suisse became the largest bank in two decades to plead guilty in a Justice Department investigation. The bank has admitted to facilitating tax evasion and will now pay $1.8 billion in fines, including $670 million in restitution to the IRS.”
* Hope for the ENLIST Act? “Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said Tuesday that a controversial measure granting citizenship to immigrants who serve in the military could come to the House floor as a stand-alone bill, despite leaders blocking it from being offered as an amendment to a broader defense authorization.”
* New Jersey: “During testimony before New Jersey lawmakers on Tuesday, a former aide to Gov. Christie insisted he was ‘dumbfounded’ when he heard about the plot by some of the Republican’s staffers and allies to cause traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge – seemingly for political retribution.”
* CIA: “Three years after the Central Intelligence Agency set up a phony hepatitis vaccination program in Pakistan as part of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the Obama administration told a group of American health educators last week that the agency no longer uses immunization programs as a cover for spying operations.”
* Shameless: “Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group supported by the Koch brothers, has launched an effort to torpedo a proposed settlement in the Detroit bankruptcy case, potentially complicating chances for completing the deal just as its prospects seemed to be improving.”
* Nevada “fired Xerox Tuesday from managing its state health exchange website, Nevada Health Link, after a series of problems with the site. The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange board voted unanimously to cut ties with Xerox, stating it had lost faith the company could fix a slew of problems that plagued its insurance exchange site before the November enrollment period begins.”
* Utah: “A federal judge ordered the state of Utah Monday to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in the brief window between the moment the state’s ban was struck down and a stay was issued barring any more same-sex marriages from being performed in the state.”
* Ezra did a nice job tackling the “Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency” and its misguided adherents.
* Typical: “Having successfully goaded House Republicans into forming a select committee on Benghazi with smears and phony outrage, Fox News is now attempting to dictate the terms of Democratic cooperation with the new investigatory body.”
* This isn’t generally my area of interest, but the “world of conservative game show hosts” really is quite odd.
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