Today’s edition of quick hits:
* A police officer was killed today in Illinois: “A growing manhunt is underway in northern Illinois for three armed suspects who fled after a police officer was fatally shot Tuesday morning. The unnamed Fox Lake police officer had radioed to dispatch before 8 a.m. local time that he was chasing three male suspects engaged in suspicious activity, Lake County Sheriff’s spokesman Chris Covelli told reporters.”
* ISIS: “The CIA and U.S. special operations forces have launched a secret campaign to hunt terrorism suspects in Syria as part of a targeted killing program that is run separately from the broader U.S. military offensive against the Islamic State, U.S. officials said.”
* Syria: “An explosion in Syria’s militant-controlled city of Palmyra destroyed the main building of the ancient Temple of Bel, the United Nations said Monday. Activists and Palmyra residents had said an Islamic State bombing extensively damaged the 2,000-year-old temple Sunday…. On Monday, the U.N.’s UNOSAT program said satellite analysis confirmed the building was demolished.”
* Two more U.S. senators and seven more U.S. House members announced their support for the international nuclear agreement with Iran today. It’s a safe bet that by the end of the week, the right will have simply lost the fight to gather the votes necessary to kill the diplomatic solution.
* Climate crisis: “President Barack Obama challenged fellow world leaders in unusually blunt language Monday to act boldly on climate change or ‘condemn our children to a world they will no longer have the capacity to repair.’ In a forceful address, Obama opened the ‘GLACIER’ conference in Anchorage, Alaska, by declaring: ‘We are not moving fast enough. None of the nations represented here are moving fast enough.’”
* More volatility: “Stocks plummeted Tuesday on Wall Street after more data in China pointed to a sharp slowdown in the world’s No. 2 economy.”
* Michigan: “Two Michigan legislators forced their aides to do political and personal work on state time, including helping cover up their affair, and then lied repeatedly about their actions, according to an investigation by the State House of Representatives, whose findings were released Monday.”
* Online voter registration comes to Pennsylvania. Good move.
* Medicaid expansion took effect in Alaska today. Only 20 states to go.
* There’s ample evidence to bolster this argument: “Measured by results, rather than sound bites, [Dick Cheney] was the greatest thing that happened to the radical regime in Iran since it took power.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.