Today’s edition of quick hits:
* More on this on tonight’s show: “Convicted spy Jonathan J. Pollard will be released from prison on Nov. 21 under an order issued Tuesday by the U.S. Parole Commission. The only U.S. citizen ever sentenced to life in prison for spying for an American ally, Pollard will be freed after serving 30 years of a life sentence for passing U.S. intelligence secrets to Israel.”
* An important pickup for agreement proponents: “Representative Sander M. Levin, Democrat of Michigan and the longest-serving Jewish member now in Congress, said Tuesday he would support the Iran nuclear accord, lending a hefty voice of approval in a chamber deeply skeptical of the deal.”
* Related news: “Seven former U.S. diplomats and State Department officials sent a letter Monday to leaders in Congress urging them to support the nuclear deal with Iran…. Former ambassadors to Israel – James Cunningham, William Harrop, Daniel Kurtzer, Thomas Pickering and Edward Walker Jr. – signed the letter.”
* Scouts evolve: “Facing declining membership, legal threats, and – likely, above all – ‘rapid changes in society,’ the top policy-making body of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) on Monday voted 45-12 to formally end its longstanding blanket ban on openly gay adult leaders.”
* Hacked: “Planned Parenthood, already a target of an anti-abortion group alleging illegal activity and congressional Republicans bent on defunding it, has confirmed that hackers have attempted to breach its systems.” [Disclosure: my wife works for Planned Parenthood.]
* Avoiding an infrastructure shutdown: “Senate leaders said Tuesday they would take up legislation the House plans to move this week that would extend funding for the nation’s highways, bridges and roads for another three months. “
* Good for Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.): “A bill to eliminate the 55-year-old U.S. embargo on Cuba will be introduced Tuesday by an unlikely member of Congress: a Republican in the House of Representatives.”
* And Mike Lee is reaching Ted Cruz-like levels of unpopularity among his colleagues: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got his hands on something he believed to be damning: An email from Sen. Mike Lee’s aide to conservative activists plotting to use an Obamacare vote as a political weapon.” The result was a “combative,” closed-door meeting yesterday for Senate Republicans.
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