Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Ukraine: “Bodies of victims and the flight recorders from the Malaysia Airlines jetliner destroyed by a missile last week over eastern Ukraine were delivered by a lumbering freight train on Tuesday to Kharkiv, a city controlled by the central government, completing the initial phases of an agreement with pro-Russian rebels negotiated by Malaysia.”
* EU: “Under pressure to display resolve and common purpose following the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, European Union foreign ministers on Tuesday discussed limited new sanctions against Russia. But their action fell short of stronger measures, like an arms embargo, that some member states had called for.”
* In search of a ceasefire: “Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said that the United States was prepared to address the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and the political demands of the Palestinians living there, but that a cease-fire first needed to be carried out.”
* Related news: “Federal aviation officials issued an order to airlines prohibiting them from flying to and from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport for 24 hours after a rocket struck near the airport earlier Tuesday. The Federal Aviation Administration said the notice to airmen, also called a NOTAM, applies only to U.S. operators.”
* A rare display: “As President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Tuesday – a job training that passed the House earlier this month – he thanked Democrats and Republicans alike for the rare moment of bipartisanship, joking ‘I am also inviting you back, let’s do this more often, it’s so much fun.’”
* This was inevitable: “Congress on Tuesday moved one step closer to preventing a shortfall in federal transportation funding that could stall road projects across the country in August. Senate Democrats said they would not pursue their own stopgap fix for the transportation funding, instead bringing up legislation passed by the House that would renew the funding until next spring.”
* VA: “President Obama’s nominee to lead the troubled Veterans Affairs Department promised Tuesday that he would hold employees accountable for long waiting times that may have contributed to the deaths of some veterans. ‘Those employees that have violated the trust of the department and of veterans must be, and will be, held accountable,’ Robert McDonald said at this confirmation hearing before the Senate Veterans Affairs’ Committee.”
* Neil Irwin wrote a great piece explaining why businesses really need to spend more: “Five years into the economic recovery, businesses still aren’t plowing much money into big-ticket investments for the future. Nonresidential fixed investment – what businesses spend on equipment, software, buildings and intellectual property – still hasn’t bounced back to its pre-crisis share of the economy, let alone made up for lost ground from the record lows of 2009.”
* Count me among those who are skeptical of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) recommendation for “open” primaries along the lines of Louisiana’s system.
* Brian Beutler’s helpful summary: “Erick Erickson and Ron Fournier Tweeting About ‘Leadership’ Is Everything Wrong With Politics.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.