1. Will Boeing’s Dreamliners get off the ground? Today, Boeing will propose fixes to the batteries used in its Dreamliners. If the changes are approved, Boeing’s planes could be off the ground within two months. The success of the Dreamliner would be a turning point in the history of fuel-efficient planes.
The FAA grounded all Dreamliners last month following safety concerns. On January 7, a Boeing plane caught fire at Boston’s Logan Airport. Two weeks later, a Dreamliner was forced to make an emergency landing when smoke was discovered in the plane.
2. Hagel has the votes. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) has announced that he will vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Barring any mishaps, Hagel will be confirmed.
Last week, Senate Republicans launched an unprecedented filibuster against Hagel. Members of the Senate have expressed concern regarding Hagel’s positions on Israel and Iran.
3. New FBI operation: fight in-office sexting. An FBI assistant director admitted that FBI officers are using their government-issued phones to send each other nude photos.
4. Doctors aim to drive down medical costs. Yesterday, a coalition of doctors released a list of 90 practices for physicians to avoid, such as giving antacids to babies with reflux.
5. Shia-Sunni violence a sign of things to come. On Saturday, 89 Shiite Muslims were killed in a bombing in the Pakistani city of Quetta. The same weekend, 21 Shiites were killed when nine car bombs exploded in Baghdad. Sunni militants are credited with both strikes.
Foreign Policy’s Christian Caryl argues: “The 21st century will be dominated by the political reverberations of the rivalry within Islam. The so-called ‘war on terror’ pales in comparison.”
6. Al-Qaeda’s advice for avoiding drones. The AP has released a list of 22 ways to dodge drone strikes.Osama bin Laden contributed this piece of advice: “Hide under thick trees.”
Shout out to PolicyMic pundit Adam Hudson (follow @adamhudson5) for this find!
7. Pistorius gets $112,000 bail. After determining he was not a flight risk, a South African magistrate granted Pistorius bail. The case is adjourned until June 4.