Today’s edition of quick hits:
* China: “At least 400 people were missing Tuesday more than 20 hours after their tourist ship capsized in stormy weather on China’s Yangtze River, state-run media reported.”
* Northeast Nigeria: “Less than a week after Muhammadu Buhari, a former army general, took over as Nigeria’s new president and vowed to crush Boko Haram, the group has intensified its attacks in the country’s northeast, killing scores in a series of assaults and suicide bombings.”
* Hard truths: “U.S. President Barack Obama said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s terms for diplomacy that might lead to a Palestinian state meant Israel had lost international credibility as a potential peacemaker.”
* FIFA: “Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA and the most powerful man in world soccer, abruptly announced his resignation on Tuesday, less than a week after the sport’s governing body was engulfed by a corruption scandal.”
* Baltimore: “Investigators are looking into how Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) rowhouse in West Baltimore caught fire on Tuesday morning. At 10:42 am firefighters got a call to come to the Maryland congressman’s house, according to The Baltimore Sun. The fire fighters found smoke coming out of the roof. The one-alarm fire was under control by 11 a.m.”
* The federal judge in former Speaker Dennis Hastert’s (R-Ill.) criminal case also happens to be a former Hastert donor. To be sure, Judge Thomas Durkin made the contributions before taking the bench, but it’s an awkward dynamic.
* Is it fair to argue that the Bush/Cheney administration’s policies led to the formation of ISIS, and created the conditions for a generation of chaos in the Middle East? Yep, pretty much. Zack Beauchamp makes the case.
* Good advice: “Don’t pay attention to Obamacare rate increase horror stories.”
* Quite a story: “President Obama posthumously awarded two World War I heroes the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, recognizing soldiers whose valor on the battlefields of France had not been recognized with the nation’s highest valor award for 97 years due to racial and religious bias.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.