Wednesday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* “I didn’t set a red line,” President Obama said during a press conference in Stockholm. “The world set a red line.”

* Not exactly a one-sided success story: “The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday voted to give President Barack Obama the power to a launch a military attack to punish Syria for using chemical weapons. The vote was 10-7.”

* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who had earlier balked at the resolution, ended up voting for it.

* Keep an eye on this one: “Top U.S. officials have recommended President Obama suspend a significant chunk of foreign aid to Egypt, according to The Associated Press.”

* Not surprising: “French leaders warned Wednesday that failing to respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government would send a dangerous signal to the dictators of the world. But French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also said that his country would not launch a retaliatory strike on Syria if the United States decides not to do so.”

* Unexpectedly good economic news: “Manufacturers wrote up more orders in August, supporting the idea that the factory sector is back in expansion mode this quarter. The Institute for Supply Management’s survey of manufacturers showed its new orders index increased to 63.2 in August from 58.3 in July. It was the third consecutive monthly gain in demand and the highest reading since April 2011.”

* Auto industry: “Many automakers reported double-digit August sales gains in the United States, as the industry continues to recover from the recession. General Motors on Wednesday said its sales rose 15 percent, its strongest month since September 2008. Ford Motor and the Chrysler Group each posted 12 percent increases last month, fueled by a mix of small and midsize cars and trucks.”

* A Pennsylvania story we’ve been following: “A judge in Pennsylvania on Wednesday heard arguments over whether an elected county clerk can grant same-sex marriage licenses in defiance of state law. Commonwealth Court President Judge Dan Pellegrini indicated he would rule quickly in the case, filed by the state’s Health Department after the clerk, D. Bruce Hanes, began granting the licenses on July 24 – one month after the U.S. Supreme Court declared part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.”

* And a fun one in the Midwest: “Minneapolis, Minn. Mayor R.T. Rybak (D) has a message for gay couples in nearby states: while you wait for your legislature to pass a new gay marriage law, you can come get married in Minnesota. ‘We’re talking to same-sex couples in neighboring states where it’s on the docket,’ Rybak spokesman John Stiles said according to NBC 5 in Chicago. ‘Our message is that they should adopt it. Until then, we’re here to seal your business.’”

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Wednesday's Mini-Report