Tuesday’s Mini-Report

Updated

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* The latest on the growing possibility of U.S. military intervention in Syria.

* Related news: “The U.S. could hit Syria with three days of missile strikes, perhaps beginning Thursday, in an attack meant more to send a message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad than to topple him or cripple his military, senior U.S. officials told NBC News on Tuesday.”

* More on this on tonight’s show: “Nearly two dozen House members have signed onto a letter demanding President Obama consult Congress – and wait for its authorization – before launching military strikes against Syria.”

* Wildfire: “A California wildfire that has scorched an area bigger than the size of Chicago near Yosemite National Park was 20 percent contained Tuesday, officials said. But the raging blaze was expected to move farther into the park and threaten a reservoir that provides most of San Francisco’s water.”

* Afghanistan: “Insurgents shot and killed 12 civilians in two separate incidents over the weekend, including six aid workers employed on government projects, officials said Tuesday.”

* Christopher Lane: “President Barack Obama has sent condolences to the family of a college baseball player who was shot dead while out jogging in Oklahoma. In a statement given to a newspaper in Christopher Lane’s home country of Australia, the president said his ‘thoughts and prayers’ were with Lane’s family and friends.”

* Immigration: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), one of the members of the ‘Gang of Eight’ who crafted immigration reform legislation in the Senate, said Tuesday that the time following the House of Representatives’ return from summer recess will be critical ‘in the life or death’ of immigration reform.”

* Remember Daniel Hernandez, who helped save Gabby Giffords’ life? He was elected to his local school board, but is now facing both a recall campaign and an anonymous anti-gay smear campaign. How awful.

* Hmm: “The attorney of Brian Lewis, the former Fox News executive recently fired by Roger Ailes, had some words of warning for Ailes and the network on Tuesday.”

* The Washington Post ran a discouraging front-page piece the other day on U.S. fiscal policy. I’ve been meaning to critique it, but others beat me to the punch.

* Fox’s Howard Kurtz, in an apparent new low, is going after Facebook photos posted by Ben Bradlee’s daughter in law. Why? I haven’t the foggiest idea.

* Laura Ingraham’s take on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington was one of the more offensive things I’ve heard in a while.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report

Updated