Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 3.18.15

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Tunisia: “Gunmen killed at least 19 people – including 17 foreign tourists – in an attack on a museum in Tunisia and their accomplices might still be at large, the country’s prime minister said Wednesday.”
 
* Gun violence in Arizona: “One person was killed and five others were injured Wednesday after a series of shootings occurred in multiple locations in Mesa, Arizona, according to police.”
 
* Israel: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel pledged on Wednesday to work quickly to form a new government after his clear-cut election victory, as Isaac Herzog, the center-left opposition leader, conceded defeat.”
 
* White House: “In light of Netanyahu’s vow that there would be no Palestinian state during his tenure, the United States will ‘re-evaluate our approach’ to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict said Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday.”
 
* Speaking of the president: “President Obama used this manufacturing hub [of Ohio] – and important swing state – as the backdrop to draw a sharp distinction Wednesday with his Republican rivals over the economy, as both sides aim to frame the debate for the coming presidential race.”
 
* Don’t do anything rash, Fed: “The Federal Reserve on Wednesday moved to the verge of raising interest rates for the first time since the Great Recession, even as officials suggested that the Fed might not take that action until later this year.”
 
* I’m glad the Secret Service intercepted the letter headed for the White House that tested positive for cyanide.
 
* Killing a man whose brain was not intact: “Missouri executed 74-year-old convicted cop-killer Cecil Clayton on Tuesday night. But Clayton was not your ordinary inmate.”
 
* A failure to communicate? “Senate Democrats blocked debate on stalled human trafficking legislation for a second day Wednesday as a Democratic senator’s office belatedly conceded that a staff aide knew weeks ago that the measure included a controversial abortion-related provision.”
 
* This would probably be a better story if both of the Bush/Cheney Secretaries of State hadn’t also neglected to do the same paperwork: “The State Department has “no record” that former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton signed a form certifying that she had returned all department paperwork when she left her job, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday.”
 
* Most of the political world really did screw up this story over a year ago: “Though not everybody who liked their health plan could keep it as President Obama once famously said, there were still just a small percentage of Americans who had their policies cancelled last year despite some overhyped predictions.”
 
* The Quote of the Day comes by way of Rep. Aaron Schock’s (R-Ill.) father: “Two years from now he’ll be successful, if he’s not in jail.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 3.18.15

Updated