Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Utah: “Two weeks ago Utah asked the Supreme Court to stay a decision allowing same-sex marriages in the state, warning that those couples would be harmed by the dissolution of their marriages if Utah won their case. On Wednesday, following the Supreme Court’s decision to grant a stay, Utah’s governor announced that the estimated 1,300 same-sex marriages that occurred after a federal court overturned the state’s same-sex marriage ban no longer count.”
* Helicopter crash: “One crew member has died and another is missing after a U.S. Navy helicopter made an emergency water landing off the coast of Virginia on Wednesday, the Navy said.”
* Syria: “Syrian rebels ejected a Qaeda-linked militant group from its headquarters in the city of Aleppo on Wednesday, according to an opposition group that monitors the war from Britain. The strike was a sharp blow to the group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has been losing ground to rebel forces in the worst round of infighting yet between opponents of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.”
* Sexual assault in the military: “An Air Force general at the center of criticism of the military’s sexual assault policies is stepping down as the Pentagon works to clean up its ranks under the close watch of President Barack Obama and Congress. Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, the commander of the Third Air Force, will take early retirement at the end of the month amid questions that he’s mishandled prosecutions in two sexual assault cases.”
* A simple, demonstrable fact that the right simply will not believe, regardless of the evidence: “Government action is literally the only reason we have less poverty in 2012 than we did in 1967.”
* Will his apology be accepted? “The Florida congressman who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession last year has apologized to his colleagues. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., expressed his remorse to House Republicans during their weekly closed-door meeting Wednesday, GOP aides tell NBC News.”
* Letting the House vote on the Senate bill would be easier: “House Republican leaders plan to release a draft of immigration reform ‘principles’ in the coming weeks as the next step in a process that could lead to floor votes on legislation, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told lawmakers in a private meeting Wednesday morning.”
* Stunning piece from Amanda Hess: “ ‘Ignore the barrage of violent threats and harassing messages that confront you online every day.’ That’s what women are told. But these relentless messages are an assault on women’s careers, their psychological bandwidth, and their freedom to live online. We have been thinking about Internet harassment all wrong.”
* Ta-Nehisi Coates considers “what it means to be a public intellectual.”
* Gabrielle Giffords reflects on the third anniversary of the shooting that nearly took her life.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.