Today’s edition of quick hits:
* One for the “promises kept” list: “The weekend capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala, one of the suspected ringleaders of the Sept. 11, 2012, assault on a U.S. diplomatic compound and CIA-run annex, gives Obama another told-you-so moment in Washington’s score-keeping culture.”
* POTUS reflects: “When Americans are attacked, no matter how long it takes, we will find those responsible, and we will bring them to justice,” Obama said. “And that’s a message I sent the day after it happened, and regardless of how long it takes: we will find you.”
* Abu Khattala, to the disappointment of John McCain and Lindsey Graham, is not headed for Guantanamo Bay.
* Executions: “Convicted killers in three states were facing executions within a 24-hour period starting Tuesday night, potentially the first lethal injections in the nation since a botched execution in Oklahoma seven weeks ago. All the states planning executions – Florida, Georgia and Missouri – refuse to say where they get their drugs, or if they are tested.”
* Iraq: “The first signs of sectarian reprisal killings of Sunnis appeared in Iraq on Tuesday, as 44 Sunni prisoners were killed in a government-controlled police station in Baquba, north of Baghdad, and the bodies of four young men who had been shot were found dumped on a street in a Baghdad neighborhood controlled by Shiite militiamen.”
* VA: “The chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee said he expects lawmakers to quickly name conferees to work out legislation overhauling the nation’s veterans’ healthcare system. ‘My goal is to move legislation as quickly as possible … and get this to the president’s desk as soon as we possibly can,’ Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on the Senate floor Tuesday.”
* The creation of a massive ocean reserve is a very big deal: “President Obama on Tuesday will announce his intent to make a broad swath of the central Pacific Ocean off-limits to fishing, energy exploration and other activities, according to senior White House officials. The proposal, slated to go into effect later this year after a comment period, could create the world’s largest marine sanctuary and double the area of ocean globally that is fully protected.”
* Alabama: “This week, an Alabama appeals court unanimously declared the portion of the state’s sexual misconduct law pertaining to consensual oral and anal sex was unconstitutional.”
* Judiciary: “Slowly but surely, the federal judiciary is becoming more diverse. On Tuesday, the Senate voted 97-0 to confirm two openly gay, black judicial nominees, bringing the total number of openly gay federal judges past the double-digit mark. Of the 11 now sitting on the federal bench, eight were named during the Obama administration.”
* GM: “General Motors said on Monday that it would recall 3.36 million defective cars worldwide, another low point in the seemingly endless safety crisis that has engulfed the nation’s largest automaker. Once again, the problem had to do with keys that could suddenly turn off engines and deactivate air bags — a problem similar to the deadly defect that G.M. failed to address for more than a decade before it began recalling 2.6 million small cars in February.”
* Paul Wolfowitz thinks if he’d been the “architect” of the war in Iraq, “things would have been run very differently.” What a clown.
* You’ve got to be kidding me: “In a turn of events that could signal the departure of all irony from the world, Fox News brought on contributor Judith Miller to discuss the media’s coverage of Iraq. That would be the same Judith Miller whose credulous, false reporting about Iraq’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction made her perhaps the most infamous example of the press’s failure in the run-up to that war.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.