Today’s edition of quick hits:
* A foiled plot: “U.S. officials on Tuesday said that they had foiled an elaborate terrorist plot backed by factions of the Iranian government aimed at assassinating the Saudi ambassador to Washington. At a news conference, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said two Iranians have been charged with conspiracy to murder a foreign official and conspiracy to commit an act of international terrorism, among other charges.”
* Quite a breakthrough: “Israel and Hamas, two of the Middle East’s most implacable foes, announced Tuesday they had reached a tentative agreement brokered by Egypt to exchange more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for an Israeli soldier held captive for more than five years.”
* Oops: “Europe’s efforts to stem the sovereign debt crisis suffered an embarrassing and potentially costly setback on Tuesday night when the Slovak Parliament failed to approve the expansion of the euro rescue fund, a development that appeared likely to bring down the government but not to derail the measure…. [T]he country’s leading opposition party said it would be willing to discuss support for the fund after the government fell, pointing to eventual approval of the deal.”
* White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley will give up his post at the end of next year, whether President Obama wins re-election or not.
* A gem of a piece from Dave Roberts: “One sign of Republicans’ success in hyping the Solyndra scandal is that they’ve got everybody calling it a scandal. Despite the turgid atmospherics, though, there still hasn’t been any official wrongdoing established, or even charged. It’s like an optical illusion of a scandal, a trick of the media light. Or, to mix metaphors, a hard candy shell with no nut inside.”
* Good piece from John Podesta and John Halpin, arguing that the U.S. Constitution “is inherently progressive.”
* The Republican “war on voting” has a very significant impact on college students.
* NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) doesn’t want any tax increases on the wealthy and has been an opponent of the Occupy Wall Street movement. So naturally, Ralph Nader, a few weeks after praising Sarah Palin’s intelligence, is advocating a Bloomberg presidential campaign. I don’t think it’s my imagination that Nader is getting crazier.
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