Wednesday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* President Obama’s African trip will clearly not be a leisurely vacation.

* Just minutes ago, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) called for another special session of the state legislature, presumably to tackle a proposal to restrict reproductive rights. The session is apparently slated to being on July 1. Perry said the session is needed because Texans “value life.”

* On a related note: “Texas is poised to execute its 500th inmate since reinstating the death penalty in 1982, passing a grim milestone in the state that has executed more prisoners than any other state in the country.”

* That was $2.3 million of our money: “House Democrats ripped GOP leadership Wednesday for spending millions defending the Defense of Marriage Act after the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that it violated the Constitution.”

* Comprehensive immigration reform may pass the Senate as early as tomorrow.

* Australia: “Julia Gillard, the Australian prime minister hailed as a feminist icon after a fiery speech against ‘sexism and misogyny’ in politics, was dumped from office by her own party Wednesday. The country’s first female leader lost a dramatic political gamble by calling a leadership vote in a bid to end internal dissent in her Labor Party, which polls suggest is heading for defeat in imminent elections.”

* U.S. military leadership: “President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he’s re-enlisting Army Gen. Martin Dempsey for another term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The president also said he has asked Adm. Sandy Winnefeld to serve another term as Dempsey’s vice chairman.”

* House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “will not be trolled” by Michele Bachmann.

* And in 2009, Edward Snowden had a very different perspective towards those who leak classified information. “Those people should be shot in the balls,” Snowden apparently said of leakers in a January 2009.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Wednesday's Mini-Report

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