Today’s edition of quick hits:
* A huge get for proponents of the Iran deal: “Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, is supporting the Iran nuclear agreement. In a statement released Wednesday, Donnelly, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said only the ‘steadfast resolve’ of the U.S. and its allies can stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
* Climate agenda: “The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed the first federal regulations requiring the nation’s oil and gas industry to cut emissions of methane as part of an expanding and increasingly aggressive effort to combat climate change.”
* West Virginia: “One of the last executives charged in a chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginians without clean tap water for days pleaded guilty to federal pollution violations Tuesday. Former Freedom Industries executive Dennis Farrell entered his guilty plea in federal court in Charleston.”
* Ohio: “The Ohio Department of Corrections intended to illegally import drugs for executions, according to an FDA letter obtained by BuzzFeed News…. In a June letter, the FDA wrote to Ohio, warning the state that importing the drugs would be illegal.”
* Texas: “Two first-degree felony charges against Attorney General Ken Paxton were dismissed Tuesday and replaced with new indictments that clarify the securities fraud allegations…. Special prosecutor Brian Wice said the new indictments were issued to provide greater clarity and to defuse arguments typically made by defense lawyers that charges are ambiguous. The underlying fraud allegations remain unchanged, he said.”
* Egypt: “In a significant leap toward harsher authoritarian rule, Egypt has enacted a draconian new anti-terrorism law that sets a sweeping definition for who and what could face a harsh set of punishments, including journalists who don’t toe the government line.”
* No, seriously, the “24-day” argument against the Iran deal is a terrible argument.
* The words “Latino” and “Hispanic” don’t mean exactly the same thing.
* A group of armed, right-wing activists stood guard at an Oklahoma gun shop after the store posted a sign saying Muslim customers were unwelcome. Yesterday, one member of the group accidentally shot himself. The injury did not appear to be life-threatening.
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