TUESDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* USAT: “A Muslim convert who said he was opposed to the U.S. military shot two soldiers outside an Arkansas recruiting station, killing one, police said Monday.” The suspected shooter, Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, is in police custody.
* Kim Jong Il has apparently chosen his successor, telling North Korean officials to pledge loyalty to his youngest son, Kim Jong-un.
* Judge Sonia Sotomoyar was on the Hill today, meeting with senators. By all reports, the discussions went well.
* GM has reportedly sold off its Hummer brand to a Chinese company.
* Brazil has confirmed the crash of an Air France jet carrying 228 people.
* We continue to learn more about Scott Roeder.
* Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger believes “California’s day of reckoning is here.”
* Remember the pending (and dubious) charges against Dr. Cyril H. Wecht in Pennsylvania? They’ve been dropped. (Thanks to R.S. for the tip.)
* In light of the subpoenas he received in the PMA Group controversy, Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.) is giving up his gavel on an Appropriations subcommittee.
* The bad news is, sales for U.S. auto manufacturers in May were awful, compared to May of last year. The good news is, May was the best month for the companies this calendar year.
* Though Harry Reid had said otherwise, Ted Kennedy will not be returning to work this week.
* By any standards of decency, Playboy‘s feature yesterday on conservative women in politics was indefensible.
* Did President Obama change his position on releasing detainee abuse photos from Iraq and Afghanistan at the urging of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki? Maybe.
* The CIA seems to be placing a renewed emphasis on employee diversity.
* The White House issued a gay-pride proclamation yesterday, recommitting the administration to, among other things, ending the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. The proclamation did not, however, say when these changes might occur.
* Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) is poised to hold hearings on reforming the State Secrets Act.
* And Nancy Pfotenhauer, a former spokesperson for the McCain campaign, said on MSNBC yesterday that she doesn’t believe Dick Cheney “would be making statements that he knew to be inaccurate.” Bill Press and David Shuster laughed on the air. I’m glad.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.