Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Stuff like this worries me: “Heavily-armed members of a controversial right-wing ‘patriot’ group added an extra dose of unease to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, early Tuesday. The Oath Keepers organization says its members – all former military, police and first responders – pledge to ‘defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.’”
* How absurd: “Reporters from The Huffington Post and Washington Post have been charged with trespassing and interfering with a police officer’s performance, a chilling setback for press freedom coming nearly a year after their arrests in Ferguson, Missouri.”
* Greece: “The Greek government on Tuesday appeared to be on the verge of clinching a deal for a new international bailout worth as much as $95 billion in exchange for accepting harsh austerity terms and making sweeping changes to the way the country does business.”
* The list grows: “U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she’ll vote for the Iran nuclear deal. The Minnesota Democrat threw her support behind the plan in a Monday statement. She says it’s imperfect but it offers the ‘best available option to put the brakes on Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon.’”
* On a related note: “A Senate Republican is predicting opponents of the Iran nuclear deal won’t be able to overcome a veto by President Obama of a resolution disapproving the accord. ‘I still believe that the president will have enough votes to sustain a veto,’ Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told The Arizona Republic in an interview published over the weekend.”
* What century is this? “Marcus Bradley, a delivery driver for Lowe’s Home Improvement in Danville, Va., was making a routine delivery last week when, he said, he received a call from a manager asking him to return the shipment to work. ‘I asked him why I couldn’t do it, and he said because you’re black and they don’t want you at the house,’ Bradley told ABC affiliate WSET.”
* EPA: “For almost a week, a torrent of toxic sludge – the color of hot mustard and rife with poisonous metals – has been flowing through Colorado, Utah and New Mexico…. The Environmental Protection Agency was on the scene faster than usual, containing the spill and starting the cleanup process. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the EPA caused the spill in the first place.
* ISIS: “A young Mississippi couple who are charged with attempting to join ISIS were ordered held without bail Tuesday, pending federal grand jury action on the charges.”
* China: “Here are two things that China’s government wants very badly: first, for its economy to remain on an even keel, keeping growth and employment high. Second, for its currency, the renminbi, to become a pre-eminent global currency that helps promote the country’s diplomatic goals and solidify the country’s centrality to the global economy. Frequently those goals are in conflict. But Tuesday, China did something it thinks will advance both at once.”
* Yep: “The claim that inspections occur with a 24-day delay is the equivalent of Obamacare ‘death panels.’ Remember those? A minor detail has been twisted into a bizarre caricature and repeated over and over until it becomes ‘true.’ Let’s get this straight. The agreement calls for continuous monitoring at all of Iran’s declared sites – that means all of the time – including centrifuge workshops, which are not safeguarded anywhere else in the world. Inspectors have immediate access to these sites.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.