Wednesday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Taegan Goddard has a good round-up of some reactions to President Obama’s announcement today in support of marriage equality.

* Sam Stein reports that Obama made the decision earlier this year to support same-sex marriage rights, and intended to make his views public before the election, but moved up the timetable in light of the controversy surrounding Vice President Biden’s comments on “Meet the Press.”

* The relevant detail to that thwarted plot: “The suicide bomber dispatched by the Yemen branch of Al Qaeda last month to blow up a United States-bound airliner was actually an intelligence agent for Saudi Arabia who infiltrated the terrorist group and volunteered for the mission.”

* A desperate family: “The parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, captured by the Taliban nearly three years ago, have appealed to the Obama administration to swap Taliban prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for his freedom.”

* Adam Serwer reports on possible bipartisan changes to the National Defense Authorization Act: “With Congress getting ready to assemble the next big defense authorization bill, two House members are coming together across party lines to ensure that everyone arrested in the United States – even suspected terrorists – gets a fair trial.”

* Conservative commentator Jonah Goldberg’s book describes him as having “twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.” As it turns out, that’s not true – and this isn’t the first time he’s been caught exaggerating about his background.

* USPS: “The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service sought Wednesday to tamp down concern over wide-scale cuts, revealing it will seek to keep thousands of rural post offices open with shorter hours.”

* More on this on tonight’s show: “Pregnant women are not required to count their fetuses as full human beings when registering for White House tours, contrary to some reports suggesting otherwise, the Secret Service said.”

* And this is not a parody: “Fox Now Asking: Is The Drop In Gas Prices A Bad Thing?”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Wednesday's Mini-Report

Updated