Today's edition of quick hits:
* A North Carolina
officer "who fatally shot a black man in September, prompting days of violent protests, 'acted lawfully' and will not be charged, prosecutors announced Wednesday. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Brentley Vinson, who is also black, shot Keith Lamont Scott, 43, in a parking lot as officers were preparing to serve an arrest warrant against someone else."
: " Seven people have died as wildfires raging in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee continued spreading, authorities said Wednesday."
* Good call
: "Christmas has come early for the thousands of vets who were being forced to pay back the money they got for reenlisting to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lawmakers reached a compromise on Tuesday that allows the Pentagon to forgive the enlistment bonuses of $15,000 or more and student loan benefits that were improperly awarded to thousands of soldiers, mostly in California."
* On this
, John Brennan is absolutely right: "The director of the CIA has warned US President-elect Donald Trump that ending the Iran nuclear deal would be 'disastrous' and 'the height of folly.'"
* Kris Kobach's lying
: "The top election official in Kansas asserted without evidence that millions of non-citizens voted in the presidential election moments after he certified the state's election results Wednesday."
* Debt forgiveness
: "The federal government is on track to forgive at least $108 billion in student debt in coming years, as more and more borrowers seek help in paying down their loans, leading to lower revenues for the country's wider program to finance higher education."
probably won't turn out well: "More than 2,300 scientists, including 22 Nobel Prize winners, have issued an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump and the 115th Congress, urging them to 'adhere to high standards of scientific integrity and independence in responding to current and emerging public health and environmental health threats.'" read more