Wednesday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* It looks like President Obama had some “lively” meetings on Capitol Hill today.

* There were some disagreements: “President Obama clashed with some congressional Democrats Wednesday over the possibility that former treasury secretary Lawrence Summers might be named to succeed Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve chairman.”

* NSA: “The Obama administration on Wednesday released formerly classified documents outlining a once-secret program of the National Security Agency that is collecting records of all domestic phone calls in the United States, as a newly leaked N.S.A. document surfaced showing how the agency spies on Web browsing and other Internet activity abroad.”

* Remember when lawmakers said they were in the dark about surveillance programs? “[R]edacted documents released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Wednesday morning show that at least as far as bulk collection of Americans’ phone data is concerned, the extent of NSA surveillance was in plain sight.”

* Egypt: “Egypt’s military-led government instructed its security forces on Wednesday to end two large sit-ins in the capital by supporters of the deposed Islamist president, a decree that risked a new round of violent convulsions in the country’s political crisis.”

* Capitol Hill drama: “The Senate is waiting for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) to cast the deciding vote on whether to end debate on President Obama’s nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).”

* Afghanistan: “The number of civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan rose by nearly a quarter in the first six months of 2013, according to a United Nations report on civilian casualties, reversing a decline last year that many hoped would signal an easing in the war’s toll on ordinary Afghans.”

* Dear Fox, when it comes to Reza Aslan, stop digging.

* I enjoyed Chris Hayes’ segment on “white-on-white crime” so much, when I was done watching it, I started over and watched it again. How he kept a straight face throughout, I’ll never know.

* As much as I wanted to express my profound disappointment with this disheartening Ron Fournier piece, I just muster the energy to highlight its glaring errors of fact of judgment. Fortunately, Greg Sargent was on the case.

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Wednesday's Mini-Report

Updated