Wednesday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Twelve years later.

* Syria: “The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council – Russia, China, Britain, France and the U.S. – are holding a closed-door meeting Wednesday to discuss France’s draft resolution on chemical weapons in Syria, according to an administration official.”

* More on Syria: “As the United States and Russia searched for a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Syria’s chemical weapons, a four-person United Nations rights panel presented detailed evidence on Wednesday of what it said were war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by pro-government forces and, to a lesser extent, rebels in the 30-month-old conflict.”

* On a related note: “White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday there was no timeline for evaluating or implementing Syria’s offer to turn over its chemical weapons.”

* Remember the date: “A training drill at Boston’s Logan International Airport on an airport tarmac on the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks was swiftly criticized and lead to an apology from airport officials.”

* EPA: “New coal plants would need to install expensive equipment to limit climate-change emissions under a proposal the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is close to issuing, according to people familiar with the plan.”

* A secret ruling following a secret hearing on a secret request: “During a secret hearing at Guantanamo, the military judge in the 9/11 death-penalty case ruled against a secret government request to withhold information from defense lawyers for accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his four alleged co-conspirators, according to a partially redacted transcript released Tuesday.”

* Prison reforms could be an area where there’s some – some – bipartisan cooperation.

* Turnout at a Republican event on Capitol Hill, intended to exploit the Benghazi attack for partisan gain, was … not good.

* I wonder what the 2012 version of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would think of the current version of Ryan’s position on intervention in Syria.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Wednesday's Mini-Report