Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Tehran pays attention to current events: “Iran’s president on Wednesday dismissed the compromise worked out between the Obama administration and Congress over an impending nuclear agreement as internal American politics, saying the Iranians were negotiating with six countries, not just the United States.’
* The complexities of the Middle East: “Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday that he fears the ongoing military intervention by Saudi Arabia in Yemen will lead to regional sectarian war, and he added that the Obama administration shares his concerns.”
* Fortunately, no one appears to have been hurt: “The U.S. Capitol Police have arrested a single occupant of a gyro-copter that landed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. According to the Tampa Bay Times, a Florida mailman was trying to deliver a message on campaign reform to Congress.”
* A movement takes shape: “In what organizers are calling the largest ever mobilization of American workers seeking higher pay, low-wage employees from a range of sectors walked off the job and rallied in hundreds of cities across the country Wednesday.”
* Menendez case: “The Florida doctor charged in a political corruption case along with Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey was charged on Tuesday in a 76-count indictment. Prosecutors accused him of a Medicare fraud that they said sought to cheat the health care program of as much as $190 million.”
* Arizona: “Police released video that shows an Arizona officer running over an armed suspect last month, sparking a debate over whether the cop saved the man’s life or used excessive force.”
* DEA: “Lawmakers expressed outrage on Tuesday at the punishments imposed on Drug Enforcement Administration agents who were accused of participating in sex parties with prostitutes while stationed in Colombia.”
* Good thinking: “In an effort to ensure investors are getting truly objective advice, the Labor Department on Tuesday issued a proposed rule that would require all advisors who offer retirement advice to put their clients’ interests first.”
* North Carolina: “Following the fatal shooting of an employee on Monday at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, N.C., officials said they were searching for a white male with a facial tattoo. The massive manhunt for the killer eventually ended on a beach in Florida, where authorities said they arrested Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, a 20-year-old who had formerly attended the community college.”
* It’s hard to keep track of how many times House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has changed his mind about the Export-Import Bank. At this point, both friend and foe no longer know whether to count on him or not.
* There are no doubt many Tea Partiers who worry about their Republican allies taking their health care benefits away.
* By one new count, the annual cost of gun violence in America “exceeds $229 billion.” That’s per year.
* Wow: “You can thank one Mr. Dan Price for the Internet’s feel-good business story of the day. The founder and chief executive of Seattle-based credit card processing company Gravity Payments has decided give out a massive raise that will bring the minimum salary for his 120 employees to $70,000 per year.” The raise was made possible by the CEO giving himself a big pay cut.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.