Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Israel: “Israeli security forces and Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem engaged in intense clashes Wednesday morning after reports circulated that an Arab youth was kidnapped and murdered, possibly in an attack meant to avenge the recent abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers.”
* Iraq: “The Iraqi prime minister, in an apparent rebuff to his international critics, said Wednesday that finding a political settlement to the differences between the country’s factions was not as important or urgent as fighting extremist Sunni insurgents. But in a conciliatory gesture, the prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, also offered amnesty to anyone who fought with or supported the insurgents.”
* Afghanistan: “A suicide bomber killed eight Afghan Air Force officers on Wednesday after boarding a bus carrying them through central Kabul, in one of the first major attacks in the capital in months.”
* Ukraine: “In a stern warning that cited civilian casualties in war-torn eastern Ukraine, Russia on Wednesday demanded that the Ukrainian government reinstate a cease-fire and halt its military operation aimed at suppressing the pro-Russian separatist insurrection that has laid siege to the region for more than three months.”
* A scary scene: “140 immigrants from Texas were sent to Murrieta, CA – a suburb about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego – to be processed in the federal Border Patrol station there. In response, anti-immigrant protesters blocked the road to the facility – causing the buses to turn around and go to another Border Patrol station instead. Cops had to intervene to keep protesters from following.”
* DHS: “The United States will increase security measures at overseas airports that have direct flights to the United States, the Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday.” (Reminder: Rachel will be interviewing DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson live tonight.)
* Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) today vetoed a bill “that would have required abortion patients to wait 72 hours before the procedure.” Nixon explained, “This extreme and disrespectful measure would unnecessarily prolong the suffering of rape and incest victims and jeopardize the health and well-being of women.”
* Sadly predictable: “In a development that no one could have predicted, the first day of Georgia’s exciting new ‘Guns Everywhere’ law was celebrated with an armed encounter between two open-carrying gentlemen in a convenience store.”
* New York: “State Sen. Thomas Libous, one of Albany’s most powerful Republicans, joined the capital’s expanding Hall of Shame when he was charged Tuesday with lying to FBI agents about how he arranged a cushy job for his son.”
* Oh, irony: “In 1935 the German Nazi party held a contest to find the most perfect Aryan baby who would then be featured on the cover of Sonne ins Hause, a Nazi family magazine. They found their ideal baby but never found out that she was in fact Jewish.”
* An approach to open-carry that I can get behind: “The Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, but what about axes – as in guitars? A group of Dallas residents will find out July 4 when they hold the first ever Open Carry Guitar Rally. As the name implies, guitars owner will gather together in public to do the most patriotic act of all: rocking out” (thanks to my colleague Will Femia for the tip).
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.