Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Israel and its Palestinian adversaries in Gaza “sharply escalated the latest resurgence of hostilities on Tuesday, with the Israeli military conducting a deadly aerial bombardment that targeted at least 160 Gazan sites, including homes, and militants in the enclave responding with missile volleys aimed at Israeli population centers, including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.”
* Emergency funds: “President Barack Obama wants $3.7 billion in emergency spending from Congress to address the child migrant crisis and another $615 million for wildfires, the White House said Tuesday morning…. House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., suggested appropriators will approve funding.”
* Texas: “President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry will meet this week after all. The Republican governor turned down an offer Monday from the White House to meet Obama for a quick handshake when Air Force One lands in the Lone Star State on Wednesday…. The Obama administration then invited Perry to discuss the ongoing border security crisis with the president, and Perry accepted.”
* Climate crisis: “It’s still possible for humanity to avoid catastrophic levels of climate change, but ‘the window of opportunity is closing fast,’ according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network.”
* ENDA: “After the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force dropped its support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act over concerns the Hobby Lobby decision opened a door to abuse of the bill’s religious exemption on Tuesday, additional equality groups followed suit. [The ACLU] announced on Tuesday that it would pull its support as it is currently written, along with the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Transgender Law Center.”
* Teachers union vs. Duncan: “Education Secretary Arne Duncan has brushed off a call for his resignation from the National Education Association. The NEA adopted the resolution last week at its representative assembly in Denver, where the air was charged with anger and members buzzed with frustration at Duncan and other education reformers – especially their emphasis on high-stakes testing.”
* Not good: “Today in smallpox, apparently: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that employees at the National Institutes of Health found some vials containing smallpox sitting in a laboratory storage room in Bethesda. These vials were labeled ‘variola,’ which the CDC calls ‘the severe and most common form of smallpox.’”
* More on this tomorrow: “The Senate’s top tax writer said Tuesday that lawmakers were getting closer to a deal to shore up a Highway Trust Fund that is just weeks away from going broke.”
* Net neutrality: “Making sure all surfers on the Web enjoy the same speed no matter which website they visit is a fundamental free speech issue, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said on Tuesday. ‘It is absolutely the First Amendment issue of our time,’ Franken said at a Capitol Hill forum sponsored by the advocacy group Free Press.”
* The right is only occasionally comfortable with throwing taxpayer money around: “Fox News Hosts Support Benghazi Investigation ‘Whatever The Costs.” In response to reports that the House Republican probe will cost $3.3 million in taxpayer funds, Fox’s Harris Faulkner said she’s comfortable with spending 10 times that much on the conspiracy theories.
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