Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Repeating failure: “Struggling to meet euro zone financial targets, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain introduced his latest package of tough austerity measures Wednesday, including a rise in the sales tax, reversing his previous stance.”
* Mississippi: “A federal judge on Wednesday decided to continue to block a state law that threatened to shut down Mississippi’s only abortion clinic and make it nearly impossible for a woman to get the procedure in the state.”
* Immediately after voting for the 33rd time to gut the Affordable Care Act, what did House Republicans turn their attention to? If you said, “bragging about their golf skills on the House floor,” you’re right.
* Diplomatic advances: “Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday became the first high-ranking U.S. official to visit Laos since the Vietnam War era.”
* Romney “expected” boos at the NAACP convention.
* As South Sudan marks its first anniversary after gaining independence from Sudan, all is not well in the country.
* Attorney General Eric Holder equated Republican voter-suppression tactics, including voter-ID laws, to “poll taxes.” The right won’t like it, but he’s correct.
* RNC Chairman Reince Priebus believes President Obama is a threat to “the very idea of America … and to our way of life in America.” No, seriously, he said that.
* And Fox’s Steve Doocy thinks congressional Republicans only want to “scale back” food stamps “a little bit.” In reality, GOP lawmakers, more than once, have put essential benefits for millions of low-income families at risk, and the efforts are ongoing.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.