Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Iraq: “Iraq’s major parties initially thought they had a deal ready when they sat down Tuesday to form a new government, but the effort collapsed in factional acrimony in less than half an hour.”
* Israel: ‘Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered Tuesday for a funeral service for three teenagers whose bodies were found Monday, two weeks after they disappeared in a kidnapping Israel has accused the militant Islamist group Hamas of carrying out. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu … summoned his security cabinet Tuesday night to discuss Israel’s response, hours after Israeli aircraft pounded dozens of targets in Gaza.”
* Ukraine: “The simmering standoff in eastern Ukraine exploded in heavy fighting early Tuesday, with ground assaults and air bombardments by government forces throughout the region, including heavy artillery shelling around the rebel-controlled city of Slovyansk.”
* Iraq news from late yesterday: “President Obama told Congress on Monday that he is deploying about 200 more troops to Iraq to bolster security at the U.S. Embassy and airport in Baghdad. These and previously announced forces are being sent ‘for the purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property, if necessary, and (are) equipped for combat,’ Obama said in a letter to Congress required under the U.S. War Powers Resolution.”
* Gun violence: “Whatever then transpired between the man, Cameron Waithe, 54, and the management of C&A Iron Works, erupted into violence shortly after 11 a.m., the police said, with at least five gunshots clattering through the space, with two workers wounded and the rest fleeing for safety.”
* Adm. Michelle J. Howard’s breakthrough: “The ceremony included a bit of comedy, but there was no denying the significance: For the first time in its history, the Navy promoted a woman on Tuesday to become a four-star admiral.”
* Mississippi: “Supporters of Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) are hinting at a specific plan to cast doubt about the results of the primary runoff election in which he lost to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), even if the state has no provision for triggering a recount of the election.”
* Net neutrality: “Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Tuesday that a plan to allow some companies to pay for ‘fast lanes’ on the Internet ‘runs contrary to every principle I believe the Internet was based on.’ Leahy made the comments as part of a field hearing in Burlington, Vt., with Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.).”
* Miraculously, Charles Krauthammer managed to change his mind about the scourge of “judicial activism” after the Affordable Care Act became law.
* Here’s hoping George Will is paying attention: “Lisa Sendrow, whose experience of college sexual assault was dismissed by The Washington Post’s George Will, slammed the columnist for silencing the voices of survivors and rejected the idea she received any privileges from her status as a survivor, as Will suggested. Instead, she said she was diagnosed with PTSD following her assault and received violent threats after her story was first reported.”
* Maybe it’s time for the right to stop floating this guy’s name as a credible presidential candidate: “In his keynote speech at the National Organization for Marriage’s March for Marriage gala last week, Dr. Ben Carson explained how Marxists are using LGBT rights to destroy American unity and impose the ‘New World Order.’”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.