Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Baltimore: “Out of the 209 people who were arrested in Baltimore during the immediate hours after violence erupted in the city on Monday afternoon, 111 remain in jail without having been charged.”
* A surprising win for campaign-finance limits: “The US Supreme Court has ruled, 5-4, that states can prevent judicial election candidates from soliciting campaign contributions.” Rick Hasen explains just how big a deal this is.
* Nigeria: “Nigerian defense authorities say that 200 girls and 93 women have been rescued from Boko Haram captors in the country’s Sambisa Forest…. It’s not yet clear whether any of the Chibok captives were among those rescued during the operation that was just announced.”
* This has not yet been confirmed by NBC News, but if true, it’s a pretty big deal: “David Wildstein, a former ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, is set to plead guilty this week, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, suggesting he may be cooperating with prosecutors probing traffic jams he ordered near the George Washington Bridge.”
* Taking the climate crisis seriously: “California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Wednesday directing the state to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, the toughest proposed cuts of any state in the nation.”
* It’s almost as if vaccinations are effective in eradicating dangerous diseases: “Rubella, a disease with terrible consequences for unborn children, has finally been eliminated from the Americas, a scientific panel set up by global health authorities announced on Wednesday.”
* On this, I hope McCain succeeds: “Sen. John McCain is planning to shift the CIA’s secretive drone program to the Defense Department through the National Defense Authorization Act, setting the stage for a fight later this year with Senate Intelligence leaders and making him an unlikely ally of President Barack Obama.”
* South Carolina: “One small-town South Carolina police officer was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison and a second to a year and a day for unnecessarily shocking a mentally disabled woman with a Taser at least eight times.”
* Jeffrey Toobin makes the case that Justice Antonin Scalia’s sense of humor needs some work.
* It’s hard to imagine what the company was thinking: “A Bud Light campaign is backfiring after drinkers spotted a curious slogan on some of the brand’s beer bottles. The tagline ‘The perfect beer for removing the word ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night’ drew shock on social media and even a new nickname from Twitter users: ‘the date rape beer.’”
* We’re quickly approaching the point at which Bill Kristol’s Hitler comparisons rival Rudy Giuliani’s 9/11 references.
* Oh my: “A North Dakota lawmaker who sent an explicit photo of himself to another man says the exchange being made public is retaliation for a recent vote against expanding gay rights.”
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