Tuesday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Egypt: “Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi demanded Tuesday that the country’s armed forces withdraw a 48-hour ultimatum for him to share power with his political opponents, and said he would not be dictated to.”

* Edward Snowden has reportedly sought asylum in at least 21 countries, but most of the applications have been deemed invalid. Venezuela and Bolivia may be his only options at this point.

* Korean peninsula: “North Korea’s top diplomat said Tuesday that the U.S. must accept its offer for dialogue without preconditions if it wants to ease tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula. He drew a quick rebuttal from his South Korean counterpart, who said the international community has made clear that Pyongyang must give up its nuclear ambitions if it wants better relations.”

* Tanzania: “President Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush, laid a wreath at the U.S. Embassy here at a solemn memorial for victims of a 1998 terrorist bombing that killed dozens.”

* Brad Plumer takes a closer look at Obama’s $7 billion plan to bring electricity to Africa.

* I’m awfully glad Obama didn’t let Detroit go bankrupt: “The nation’s automakers continued to make gains in June, reporting the strongest performance in six years as the improving economy supported a continued uptick in sales.”

* Trade deal: “Negotiations on a $5 trillion trade deal between the United States and the European Union are expected to forge ahead despite outrage in Europe over the U.S. government’s bugging of offices.”

* Sequester: “Expect fewer patriotic displays this July 4, thanks to federal budget cuts. Around the country, military bases are extinguishing fireworks displays and towns are canceling appearances by military bands due to sequestration’s $85 billion in across-the-board spending reductions.”

* Last week, the president unveiled a major new initiative to combat the climate crisis, and the combined coverage of all five major Sunday shows was zero minutes and zero seconds. Wow.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report