Wednesday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Three more suspects were arrested today as part of the larger investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing. Expect more on this on tonight’s show.

* Sohel Rana is now “under arrest, the most reviled man in Bangladesh after the horrific collapse of Rana Plaza last week left nearly 400 people dead, with many others still missing. On Tuesday, a top Bangladeshi court seized his assets, as the public bayed for his execution, especially as it appears that the tragedy could have been averted if the frantic warnings of an engineer who examined the building the day before had been heeded.”

* Greeks strike against austerity: “As workers around the world observed the international Labor Day holiday with demonstrations and rallies, thousands of Greeks walked off their jobs on Wednesday in the second general strike against government austerity measures this year.”

* I’m still glad the Obama administration rescued the American auto industry: “Detroit’s Big Three automakers posted higher sales last month amid rising demand for larger vehicles such as SUVs and pickup trucks.”

* Last week’s FAA deal is now done: “President Obama signed legislation on Wednesday to end the air traffic controller furloughs from sequestration that were blamed for hundreds of flight delays last week.”

* The Obama administration approved over-the-counter access to an emergency contraception yesterday for women 15 and older, which is good news, though as Kate Sheppard explained, the details of the policy matter.

* As expected, the president today nominated Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) to head the Federal Housing Finance Administration, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, replacing the constantly disappointing Ed DeMarco. The initial reactions from the left, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are largely positive.

* Now there’s an unexpected headline: “Skeleton of teenage girl confirms cannibalism at Jamestown colony.”

* And when purported conservative health care wonks are reduced to complaining about fonts, it suggests the right’s concerns about the Affordable Care Act are not quite as substantive as they probably should be.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Wednesday's Mini-Report