Friday’s Mini-Report, 2.19.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* A major offensive in Libya: “U.S. fighter jets launched airstrikes against an ISIS compound in Libya overnight as they targeted a terrorist linked to tourist massacres in Tunisian, American military officials said. Dozens of people were killed in the bombing raid on the coastal city of Sabratha, local officials and activists said.”
 
* This case will only get more interesting: “Federal prosecutors have now asked a federal judge to order Apple to comply with the court’s ruling that the computer giant help investigators pull encrypted data from a locked iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, blasting the company for not helping ‘because of concern for its business model.’”
 
* British exit from the E.U.? “Prime Minister David Cameron and his E.U. counterparts have struck an agreement following marathon negotiations in Brussels, according to European Council President Donald Tusk. A referendum on British membership in the E.U. is expected in June.”
 
* It would have been fun to listen in on these calls: “President Obama has begun to consult with key senators from both parties on nominating a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the White House said Friday. In the past 24 hours, Obama phoned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), press secretary Josh Earnest said. Both senators have said replacing Scalia should be left to the next president.”
 
* The encouraging development: “Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski says that Obama’s nominee to replace Scalia should at least get a hearing before Republicans vote him or her down.”
 
* The discouraging development: Murkowski backed away from her reasonable position soon after.
 
* Infrastructure: “There are about 2,500 fewer decrepit bridges in the United States than there were a year ago. Still, nearly 59,000 bridges are officially classified as structurally deficient. That’s according to an analysis of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2015 bridge inventory database done by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).”
 
* Unexpected: “Ted Nugent apologized for re-posting a graphic with a message about gun control that was labeled ‘anti-Semitic’ in media reports…. ‘Can I say oy vey? I sincerely apologize for my irresponsible re-posting of such a nasty and offensive meme,’ the Feb. 18 statement reads.”
 
* Harper Lee, “the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ has died, according to the mayor in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. The famously reclusive Lee, 89, had been living in an assisted living facility since suffering a stroke in 2007 that forced her to move home from New York, where she had lived for decades.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 2.19.16