Wednesday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Under intense pressure, House Republican leaders today scheduled a vote on Hurricane Sandy relief for this Friday. Because it will be the new Congress, however, the measure will still need to start over in the Senate.

* The United Nations has estimated that the violence in Syria in 2012 left as many as 60,000 people dead.

* An encouraging prognosis: “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remained at New York City’s Presbyterian Hospital for a fourth day with a rare blood clot in her head. But staffers said she has been communicating by phone and doctors said she is expected to make a full recovery.”

* Sandy Hook Elementary moves to an unused middle school, seven miles away: “Students from Sandy Hook Elementary School will go back to class Thursday in a borrowed building that one police official described as ‘the safest school in America.’”

* The fiscal deal impressed apparently impressed investors: “Financial markets rode a wave of relief over the ‘fiscal cliff’ Wednesday, as stocks surged on news that Washington had avoided policies that could have caused a recession.” The Dow closed up over 300 points.

* Murderous stupidity: “A 31-year-old woman was arrested on Saturday and charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime in connection with the death of a man who was pushed onto the tracks of an elevated subway station in Queens and crushed by an oncoming train.” Erika Menendez allegedly believed she was killing a Hindu man as punishment for 9/11.

* New Delhi: “Indian police have charged six men with murder, adding to accusations that they beat and gang-raped a woman on a New Delhi bus two weeks ago in a case that shocked the country.”

* Drone information under wraps: “A federal judge on Wednesday rejected The New York Times’ bid to force the U.S. government to disclose more information about its targeted killing of people it believes have ties to terrorism, including American citizens.”

* And best of luck to Andrew Sullivan as he launches his new independent web venture.

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Wednesday's Mini-Report