Today's edition of quick hits:
* I hope this
doesn't mean Haley's job is in jeopardy: "U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, blamed Russia on Thursday for the surge of violence in the eastern Ukraine since late January."
* Initial evidence suggests this
was a technical fix, not an important policy shift: "The U.S. Treasury Department announced Thursday it will allow some American companies to do limited transactions with the Russian Security Service, or FSB -- the successor organization to the infamous KGB."
: "A top aide to Iran's supreme leader blamed the 'inexperienced' Trump administration for apparent U.S. threats and vowed his country would continue testing ballistic missiles."
* It's only ISIS's central stronghold
: "Obama's White House worked for months on a plan to seize Raqqa. Trump's team took a quick look and decided not to pull the trigger."
* Strong terms
: "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed Stephen Bannon on Thursday, saying President Trump's senior adviser is a racist who has no business sitting on the National Security Council (NSC). 'It's a stunning thing that a white supremacist, Bannon, would be a permanent member of the National Security Council,' Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol."
: "A speech by the divisive right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California, Berkeley, was canceled on Wednesday night after demonstrators set fires and threw objects at buildings to protest his appearance."
* In response, Donald Trump personally tweeted
this morning, "If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view -- NO FEDERAL FUNDS?" I don't know why the president loves capitalizing letters needlessly, but I do know he appears to have made this threat after watching
a Fox News segment. read more