Today’s edition of quick hits:
* A stunning 37 insurgent attacks across Iraq: “Insurgents across Iraq launched their most significant and wide-ranging attacks in months on Monday, killing 86 people and wounding over 300, in the most violent day in Iraq this year. The violence touched nearly every region of the country, except for Kurdistan, and appeared to be aimed at security forces in both Sunni and Shiite areas.”
* In Afghanistan over the weekend: “Twenty people were killed in a suicide attack Sunday on the governor’s compound in Chaharikar in the central province of Parwan, Afghan officials said. The incident was the latest in a series of attacks in what had been the quiet provinces neighboring Kabul Province…. Sunday’s attack involved six suicide bombers.”
* It doesn’t have to be this way: “Citing an ‘extraordinary reversal of fortune,’ Moody’s Analytics on Monday significantly lowered its hopes for the nation’s economy through 2011, nearly halving its expectations for growth over the next six months.”
* Another wild day on Wall Street, this time in a positive direction: “The rally of more than 2 percent in the broader market on Monday followed one of the most tumultuous weeks ever on Wall Street, in which worries about the United States economy and the threat of a financial crisis in Europe overwhelmed traders.”
* A terrible accident in Indiana: “Just hours after lights and rigging on a concert stage at the state fair in Indianapolis toppled into a crowd, killing five people and injuring at least four dozen more, Indiana officials opened an investigation on Sunday to learn the cause of the calamity and what role the weather, including a wind gust that topped 60 miles per hour, may have played.”
* A helpful analysis of the 11th Circuit’s health care ruling from The Atlantic‘s Andrew Cohen. Definitely worth a read.
* The Justice Department’s case against for-profit college chain Education Management Corporation continues to unfold.
* Reforming the criminal justice system is fiscally responsible: “While liberals have long complained that harsh mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenses like drug possession are unjust, the push to overhaul penal policies has been increasingly embraced by elected officials in some of the most conservative states in the country. And for a different reason: to save money.”
* For those interested in the annual South By Southwest festival, you can now vote for a panel I’m slated to be a part of. It’s called, “Poli-Sci-Fi Punditry: Nerdy Political Bloggers.”
* And if all goes according to plan, I’ll be on Current’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” tonight, talking about Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry. Check your local listings, but if you don’t get Current, I’ll post the clip in the morning.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.