Tuesday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* On track? “At a Senate hearing Tuesday morning, Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said programmers are on track to make sure the ‘experience on the site will be smooth for the vast majority of users’ by the end of November.’We are now able to process nearly 17,000 registrants per hour, or five per second, with almost no errors,’ she said about HealthCare.gov, the federal health insurance Web site, before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions.”
 
* It may be an off-year cycle, but there are quite a few important elections today. Dave Weigel has a related report on when the polls close in various states.
 
* The Illinois state House approved marriage-equality legislation this afternoon, and the measure finally appears on track to become law.
 
* Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has now admitted to smoking crack, but he doesn’t intend to resign.
 
* Jerusalem: “With Middle East peace negotiations showing signs of lapsing into an all-too-familiar paralysis, Secretary of State John Kerry arrived here Tuesday night for a flurry of meetings aimed at jolting the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to reinvigorate the three-month-old round of talks.”
 
* Gun violence: “A suspected gunman was found dead early Tuesday after at least six shots were fired at a New Jersey mall, police said.”
 
* Keep a close eye on this one: “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he plans to have two more test votes on nominations to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals by the end of the week.”
 
* Congolese progress matters: “A feared rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced on Tuesday that it was laying down its arms immediately in a major development that held out hope of a new era of peace and stability in the violence-wracked region.”
 
* I remember when McCain used to complain constantly about Obama’s celebrity status. I guess he’s moved on: “Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), considered a possible backer of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, skipped a key vote on the bill on Monday to tape an appearance on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.’”
 
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Tuesday's Mini-Report

Updated