Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 4.9.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Fort Hood: “Five years later, President Obama was back Wednesday on the same field in front of the same building on the same Army post in the same state, with some of the same faces again grieving for soldiers killed in an act of senseless violence.”
 
* An important setback for one of the investigations into Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) bridge scandal: “A state judge today ruled that two figures central to the Legislature’s investigation of the George Washington Bridge lane closings do not have to comply with subpoenas to turn over records related to the scandal.”
 
* School violence: “A student brandishing two knives injured multiple people inside a high school near Pittsburgh, Pa., on Wednesday morning, before he was tackled by an assistant principal.” There were a total of 20 injuries.
 
* Ukraine: “Facing threats of forcible eviction by the Ukrainian government, pro-Russian demonstrators who have seized the 11-story government headquarters in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine’s second-biggest city, suffered a further blow Wednesday when local political barons who share their deep dislike of Ukraine’s new government demanded that they give up and hand over any weapons.”
 
* Pakistan: “A powerful explosion ripped through a crowded fruit market in Islamabad on Wednesday, killing at least 22 people and injuring about 100 in the deadliest attack in the Pakistani capital in more than five years.”
 
* I can’t believe I have to change my passwords again: “A newly discovered security bug nicknamed Heartbleed has exposed millions of usernames, passwords and reportedly credit card numbers – a major problem that hackers could have exploited during the more than two years it went undetected.”
 
* RNC Chairman Reince Priebus argued today that “there should be no limits whatsoever to how much money someone can spend funding political campaigns. ‘I don’t think we should have caps at all,’ Priebus said.”
 
* Another breakthrough: “Meet the sports world’s latest game-changer. Following in the footsteps of athletes Jason Collins, Michael Sam, and Mitch Eby, University of Massachusetts basketball player Derrick Gordon announced this week that he is gay, making him the first active male athlete in all of Division 1 to publicly come out.”
 
* Marian Anderson, 75 years ago today: “[O]n April 9, 1939, as Hitler’s troops advanced in Europe and the Depression took its toll in the U.S., one of the most important musical events of the 20th century took place on the National Mall in Washington. There, just two performers, a singer and a pianist, made musical – and social – history.”
 
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Wednesday's Mini-Report, 4.9.14