Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Resuming talks: “The global powers dealing with Iran’s disputed nuclear program said Tuesday that they had accepted its offer to resume negotiations broken off in stalemate more than a year ago.”

* President Obama, not surprisingly, is still urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to resort to military action against Iran.

* Torture in Syria: “A video aired by a British television station purporting to show Syrian patients being tortured in hospital appears to support increasingly grave allegations pointing to crimes against humanity, the U.N. torture investigator said on Tuesday.”

* U.S. moves in Syria: “The Obama administration is moving to provide direct assistance to the internal opposition in Syria for the first time, marking a shift in U.S. policy toward a more aggressive plan to help oust President Bashar al-Assad.”

* The White House unveiled a new refinance policy today, and at first glance, it looks like a pretty good idea.

* It’s been tough to keep up with all of Rush Limbaugh’s lost sponsors, but as of this afternoon, I think the new total is 33.

* R.I.P., Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.).

* Is 8% unemployment by Election Day a possibility? An AP survey of leading domestic economists points in an optimistic direction.

* Dr. Mila Means is trying to fill the vacancy left by Dr. George Tiller in Kansas. That’s proving to be exceedingly difficult.

* And finally, it’s oddly difficult to stop watching Newt Gingrich fall asleep on camera. In this case, this clip was taken before Gingrich spoke at the AIPAC conference via satellite.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report

Updated