Thursday’s Mini-Report

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* It’s been a bad month for bad guys: “Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb general accused of war crimes including masterminding the massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995, has been captured in Serbia after more than 15 years as one of the world’s most wanted fugitives.”

* In Missouri, there are still 232 people missing and unaccounted for after the tornado that devastated Joplin.

* I really wish Washington cared about jobs: “More Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign the labor market is struggling to gain momentum. Jobless claims increased by 10,000 to 424,000 in the week ended May 21, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington.”

* Afghanistan: “Eight NATO soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, seven of them in a single incident in the southern part of the country that was the deadliest involving hidden explosive devices so far this year, officials said.”

* On a related note, this was a closer-than-expected, 204-215 vote: “The House on Thursday narrowly shot down an amendment to scale back military operations in Afghanistan.”

* Interesting 5-3 ruling: “The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Arizona may revoke the business licenses of companies that knowingly employ illegal immigrants, rejecting arguments that the state’s law intrudes on the federal government’s power to control immigration.”

* Libya: “Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi bombarded the rebel-held city of Misrata with mortars on Thursday, and the United States said a fresh ceasefire offer from Gaddafi’s government was not credible.”

* Republicans want to make it so that President Obama will never be able to make a recess appointment ever again.

* Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) signed a bill today that puts the state on the road toward a universal health care system. It’s the first single-payer measure ever signed in the U.S., but the system won’t be in place for about five years, if not later.

* New Jersey was part of a regional cap-and-trade energy program. Thanks to Gov. Chris Christie (R), that’s no longer the case. Let’s all marvel once more at his “moderation.”

* Great column from E.J. Dionne Jr. on the New York special election (and no, I don’t just like it because he quoted me in it, though that was pretty cool).

* Daniel Luzer: “[F]or-profit schools … just spend less money educating their students. This surely matters for the quality of education.”

* Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) appears to use Glenn Beck’s show as a script for Oversight Subcommittee hearings. That’s insane.

* MSNBC’s Ed Schultz has been suspended for his offensive attack on Laura Ingraham, and he delivered a lengthy on-air apology last night. He seems lucky to have kept his job.

* Dick Cheney wants folks to know, “I worship the ground the Paul Ryan walks on.” That’s deeply creepy, but then again, so are Dick Cheney and Paul Ryan.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.