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Tuesday's Mini-Report

Today's edition of quick hits:

* Istanbul: "Fierce clashes between protestors and Turkish riot police turned this normally quiet and tourist friendly city on its head Tuesday as thousands of demonstrators were forced out of Istanbul's Taksim Square by tear gas and a water cannon."

* Afghanistan: "A car bomb Tuesday killed at least 17 civilians, most of them employees of Afghanistan's Supreme Court, in one of the deadliest attacks in the capital in the past year."

* Syria: "Two suicide bombers on Tuesday attacked a downtown square in Damascus, the Syrian capital, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than two dozen others, according to the Syrian state news agency."

* Good for Kaine: "Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) made history Tuesday, becoming the first senator of the modern era to deliver a Senate floor speech entirely in Spanish as he explained his support for a bipartisan immigration bill up for consideration."

* NSA litigation: "The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its 'dragnet' collection of logs of domestic phone calls, contending that the once-secret program ... is illegal and asking a judge to both stop it and order the records purged."

* Rare bipartisanship: "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) both defended the National Security Agency's surveillance program on Tuesday."

* Isn't a leak like this one likely to do real, practical harm to national security? "U.S. intelligence operatives covertly sabotaged a prominent al-Qaeda online magazine last month in an apparent attempt to sow confusion among the group's followers, according to officials."

* No surprise: "Booz Allen Hamilton said Tuesday it has fired Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old contractor who admitted leaking information about secret National Security Administration surveillance programs to the press."

* With Sen. Jeff Chiesa (R-N.J.) formally sworn in, the Senate Democratic caucus' majority now stands at 54 members, to 46 Republicans.

* And this is pretty nutty, even for House Republicans: "Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) on Tuesday said the failure of Muslim leaders to repudiate acts of terrorism done in the name of Islam makes them 'potentially complicit' in these attacks."

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.