Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Iraq: “Multiple explosions rocked Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 34 people and sending plumes of smoke into the sky across the street from a major government building in a brazen reminder of the ability of insurgents to penetrate the heart of the capital.”
* Sochi is bound to be interesting: “The Russian hosts of the 2014 Winter Games made clear long ago they would brook no political protests at the Olympics, and now, it seems, they are having second thoughts about allowing dissidents even to attend as spectators.”
* Labor: “The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Wednesday resurrected a rule to speed up union elections, drawing denunciations from business groups and Republicans who warned of an assault on employer rights.”
* Vatican: “A United Nations committee on Wednesday issued a scathing indictment of the Catholic Church’s handling of child sexual abuse involving clerics, releasing a report that went far beyond how the church responded to abuse allegations and included criticism of its teachings on homosexuality, gender equality and abortion.”
* WellPoint has never liked the Affordable Care Act, but the company is apparently coming around: “In the midst of the sweeping transformation taking place in health insurance, the company that served as an illustration of why an overhaul was necessary could end up benefiting most from the new federal health care law.”
* Iranian President Hassan Rouhani today announced “his plan to provide health insurance to all Iranians under the moniker Rouhanicare – a nod to America’s own Obamacare.” The Iranian president went so far as to post an item on Twitter with a #RouhaniCare hashtag.
* Because sometimes, bad ideas from the ’90s refuse to go away: “Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) filed a bill on Tuesday that would amend the Constitution and impose term limits on members of Congress. The measure would call for a maximum of 24 years of service for lawmakers, with 12 years each in both the House and Senate.”
* And the confirmation hearing for Surgeon General nominee Vivek Murthy wouldn’t have been especially noteworthy were it not for Sen. Pat Roberts’ (R-Kan.) strange comments about Indian-American doctors he knows.
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