Wednesday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Egypt’s interim leadership hopes to restore some sense of normalcy in the wake of the ouster of former President Morsi. We’ll see how that goes.

* In the meantime: “Arrest warrants were issued for leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Wednesday as recriminations continued following violent clashes that left 53 dead – underlining the country’s visceral political divisions.”

* Boston: “Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty Wednesday as survivors and victims’ relatives stared him down and searched in vain for signs of remorse.”

* Quebec: “The engineer in charge of the oil train that derailed in Quebec, killing at least 15 people and destroying blocks of a small town, is ‘under police control.’ CBC TV reported, citing the railway’s president.”

* Bangladesh: “A group of 17 major North American retailers, including Walmart, Gap, Target and Macy’s, announced on Wednesday a plan to improve factory safety in Bangladesh, drawing immediate criticism from labor groups who complained that it is less stringent than an accord reached among European companies.”

* Appropriate word choice: “The White House pushed back Wednesday on critics of its move to delay the implementation of a key part of the Obama-backed health care law, saying that skeptics of the postponement are ‘willfully ignorant’ about how such laws have worked in the past.”

* On a related note, Alec MacGillis had a good piece today: “[B]y attempting to sabotage a law of the land they reject, Republicans have made it increasingly easy for their more outspoken members to argue against legislation many of their leaders support. No one said nullification isn’t volatile stuff to play with.”

* The right call: “D.C. lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a bill requiring certain large retailers to pay their employees a 50 percent premium over the city’s minimum wage, a day after Wal-Mart warned the law would jeopardize their plans in the city.”

* Care to guess what most Sunday show guests have in common?

* And though tourism rates would probably be pretty low for a long time, there’s no harm in thinking ahead when it comes to establishing a new national park on the moon as part of an Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Wednesday's Mini-Report