Friday’s Mini-Report, 12.4.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* San Bernardino: “Tashfeen Malik pledged allegiance to the leader of ISIS just before she and her husband carried out the San Bernardino massacre, law enforcement sources told NBC News.”
 
* Dozens were freed in the operation: “U.S. Special Forces successfully freed dozens of Afghan security personnel from a Taliban prison during a joint operation with local forces, American military officials said Friday. Ground troops from the Afghan Special Security Forces and the U.S. Special Mission Wing conducted a helicopter assault mission in the Nawzad district of Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, the U.S. military said in a news release.”
 
* ISIS: “On Friday, lawmakers in Germany voted in favor of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan to join the coalition of nations that are fighting ISIS in Syria. Reporting for NPR, Esme Nicholson says Germany will send six Tornado jets, a naval frigate and up to 1,200 soldiers to fight ISIS in Syria. The country, however, will not participate in airstrikes.”
 
* This seems hard to believe: “The United States has been eliminating a mid- to high-level Islamic State figure every two days, on average, contributing to President Obama’s decision to send a new Special Operations force to Iraq to intensify efforts to locate and kill militant leaders there and in Syria, a senior administration official said Thursday.”
 
* Puerto Rico: “The Supreme Court has agreed to review a lower court’s decision that has blocked Puerto Rico from using bankruptcy laws in its courts to deal with its $72 billion-dollar debt that the island’s officials have declared unpayable.”
 
* A done deal: “The Senate approved a five-year, $305 billion highway bill Thursday, sending it to President Obama with just one day to spare before the scheduled expiration of the nation’s road and transit spending.”
 
* Arkansas: “An Arkansas judge on Thursday found the state’s execution secrecy statute, which attempted to protect drug suppliers from disclosure, violated the state constitution. Siding with death row inmates, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ordered the state to disclose who supplied the drugs by noon Friday.”
 
* And a story out of Boston we’ve been keeping an eye on: “Police charged a Lawrence man with planting a hoax device Friday after he left a suitcase by a police cruiser outside the Coast Guard office in Boston, creating a public safety scare. Authorities detonated the suitcase as a precaution, but determined it did not contain explosives.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 12.4.15