Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Gun violence: “A shooting was reported on Tuesday afternoon at an elementary school in Decatur, Ga., according to school officials. A suspect was in custody, DeKalb County School district spokesperson Quinn Hudson told local NBC News affiliate WXIA. All of the students, faculty, and staff have been accounted for at the school of about 600 students, Hudson said.”

* Egypt: “The Egyptian police arrested the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood early on Tuesday, hours after a court had ordered the release of former President Hosni Mubarak. The arrest of the Brotherhood’s spiritual leader, Mohamed Badie, appeared to represent a red line the police had never crossed during Mr. Mubarak’s own crackdowns on the group.”

* On a related note, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters President Obama would meet today with members of his Cabinet to discuss the possibility of cutting off aid to Egypt.

* Pakistan: “Pakistan’s ex-military ruler General Pervez Musharraf was formally indicted by a court Tuesday for his alleged role in the 2007 assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto.”

* Freedom of the press: “White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday it was ‘difficult to imagine’ the U.S. would seize and destroy the hard drives of a news organization, a day after Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger claimed British law enforcement officials destroyed computer equipment in the newspaper’s basement.”

* The early news for Obamacare exchanges is exceeding expectations: “Estimates from 19 states operating health insurance exchanges to help the uninsured find coverage show that at least 8.5 million will use the exchanges to buy insurance, a USA TODAY survey shows. That would far outstrip the federal government’s estimate of 7 million new customers for all 50 states under the 2010 health care law.”

* Senseless tragedy: “A college baseball player jogging on the streets of Oklahoma was shot to death by three teenagers, one of whom told police they were ‘bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody,’ authorities said.”

* Financial industry: “President Obama urged the nation’s top financial regulators on Monday to move faster on new rules for Wall Street, telling them in a private White House meeting that they must work to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis.”

* The experiences of North Korean defectors, who reported today to the U.N. on prison-camp abuses, are about as horrific as anything I can imagine.

* It’s important that news organizations not internalize Republican talking points about sequestration cuts – because the GOP’s claims are plainly wrong.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report

Updated