Today's edition of quick hits:
* Iran: "The most significant protests in eight years are rocking Iran, with state media reporting Tuesday that the death toll from clashes between demonstrators and security forces had reached at least 20."
* Matthew Riehl: "Weeks before he started shooting, the Colorado gunman who killed one deputy and wounded four more unleashed a verbal barrage against Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock and his department."
* Korean delegation: "Delegations from North and South Korea could meet for the first official discussions between the neighbors since 2015 ahead of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. South Korea proposed Tuesday that talks be held on Jan. 9, said Cho Myoung-gyon, the head of his country's Unification Ministry."
* Middle East: "The Palestinians have announced they are recalling their envoy to the United States for 'consultations', weeks after President Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would not accept any US peace plan in the wake of Mr Trump's move."
* Houston "may have averted a tragedy after a drunk, belligerent man was found to have an arsenal of guns in his hotel room as the venue was preparing for a big New Year's Eve celebration."
* Chicago "ended 2017 with fewer homicides than the year before, but gang violence in the city's most dangerous neighborhoods kept the total number of killings above the 600 mark for only the second time in more than a decade."
* Sadly predictable: "Trees have been planted on one of President Trump's golf courses where CNN cameras captured him golfing."
* Good decision: "Two Republican senators have called off a planned trip to Russia after the Kremlin denied a visa to a Democratic colleague, New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen."
* One is too many, but the overall trend is encouraging: "The number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty dropped sharply in 2017, marking the second-lowest toll in more than 50 years."
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.