Today’s edition of quick hits:
* New sanctions on Iran: “The European Union agreed Monday to impose a phased ban on oil purchases from Iran that officials said was needed to help force a shift in policy and avert the risk of military strikes against Tehran, as the United States expanded its sanctions to include the country’s third-largest bank.”
* The prognosis appears encouraging: “Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) underwent ‘successful’ surgery today after suffering a stroke over the weekend and is recovering in a Chicago hospital, according to a spokesman.”
* And then there were seven (and counting): “As lawmakers held their first public hearing on gay marriage, a Democratic senator on Monday announced her support for the measure, all but ensuring that Washington will become the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage.”
* Blowing off a recusal question: “The Supreme Court has turned aside a motion from a political advocacy group that sought to argue Justice Elena Kagan should not participate in the upcoming blockbuster appeals over the constitutionality of health care reform.”
* OMB: “President Obama’s final budget proposal of his term, covering fiscal year 2013 and the decade beyond, will be released on Feb. 13, a week later than officials had previously indicated.”
* FAA compromise: “Lawmakers have reached a deal on a long-term funding bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that is likely to prevent shutdowns of the beleaguered agency for the foreseeable future, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said late Friday afternoon.”
* Republicans have routinely relied on this guy when arguing in support of torture: “Forty-seven-year-old John Kiriakou of Arlington was charged with violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act and the Espionage Act…. The charges also state that Kiriakou leaked information about the identity of another CIA officer who participated in Zubaydah’s interrogation.”
* Nauseating: “The race for the Arkansas’ third congressional district took a gruesome turn on Sunday, when the campaign manager for Democratic challenger Ken Aden came home and found his cat slaughtered with the word “liberal” painted on the corpse.”
* Daniel Luzer takes a look at what Occupy Wall Street means for college debt.
* What a good idea: “Given Fox’s repeated insistence that ‘On January 1st, the government is … getting rid of incandescent light bulbs,’ Media Matters’ Jocelyn Fong visited a local CVS store to evaluate their selection.” I don’t want to spoil the report for those who haven’t seen it yet, but here’s a hint: the rights claims about light bulbs haven’t exactly been truth-oriented.
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