Friday’s Mini-Report, 1.29.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Oregon: “FBI officials moved aggressively to dispel questions about the shooting death Tuesday of one of the most high-profile occupiers of a rural Oregon wildlife refuge. A video appears to show the man reaching for a loaded handgun before being shot by an Oregon state trooper.”
 
* The second sentence seems to make the first sentence a lot less important: “Twenty-two emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email server have been marked ‘top secret’ and won’t be released, the State Department said Friday. The emails were not marked as classified at the time they were sent.”
 
* On the Ledbetter anniversary: “The Obama administration will move on Friday to require companies to report to the federal government what they pay employees by race, gender and ethnicity, part of a push by President Obama to crack down on firms that pay women less for doing the same work as men.”
 
* Scott Walker’s agenda produces its intended result: “Union membership in Wisconsin collapsed in 2015, falling well below the national average for the first time and thinning the ranks of the labor movement by tens of thousands of workers in one of its former bastions.”
 
* A worthwhile fact-check: “Trashing Obama and arguing that he has failed to spend enough on defense has become a staple for Republican presidential hopefuls. At the debates and campaign stops, they’ve cast him as a feckless commander in chief, standing idly by while the world’s finest military withers away. What’s lost in the din: Money spent on weapons modernization is on par with the George W. Bush administration.”
 
* Delaware: “Proponents of a defeated measure to abolish Delaware’s death penalty say they will continue fighting until capital punishment is outlawed. The legislation failed Thursday evening in the state House, getting only 16 of the 21 votes needed for passage. Twenty-three lawmakers voted against the bill, which cleared the Senate last year by a single vote.”
 
* Delayed justice: “An 82-year-old Ohio veteran has received an honorable discharge a half century after the Army kicked him out for being gay.”
 
* The kind of story that will seem important to political media professionals and no one else: “Politico CEO Jim VandeHei is expected to leave the company he co-founded later this year in what staffers believe will be a major shake-up. At least four other high-level employees are set to depart, including star reporter Mike Allen, according to newsroom sources.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 1.29.16