Friday’s Mini-Report, 2.6.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Syria: “ISIS claimed Friday that a 26-year-old female American hostage was killed in an airstrike in Syria, according to NBC News partners Flashpoint Intelligence. Defense officials told NBC News that U.S. military and military intelligence have no information to confirm ISIS’ claim, and the State Department said it could not confirm reports of the death ‘in any way.’”
 
* National security: “The White House outlined a new National Security Strategy plan Friday designed to set out the president’s priorities for protecting the nation from enemies, leveraging global alliances and advancing peace and ‘universal values’ around the world.”
 
* Susan Rice is correct, whether or not the right likes her message: “ ‘Too often, what’s missing here in Washington is a sense of perspective. Yes, there is a lot going on. Still, while the dangers we face may be more numerous and varied, they are not of the existential nature we confronted during World War II or during the Cold War,’ Rice said.”
 
* Ukraine: “As the leaders of Germany and France met with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Moscow on Friday to discuss a deal to end the war in eastern Ukraine, officials in Kiev insisted that any agreement must hold to the cease-fire lines and to other terms of a truce negotiated in September.”
 
* Climate crisis: “The Obama administration looks at climate change as a threat to national security on par with terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and disease outbreaks. President Obama’s national security strategy released Friday updates the previous plan published in 2010, with focuses on Russia, Islamic militants and health.”
 
* Biden’s reminder to Moscow: “Vice President Joe Biden warned Friday that Russia ‘cannot be allowed to redraw the map of Europe’ and that Ukraine was suffering a ‘military onslaught’ from Moscow.”
 
* Canada: “Canada’s highest court struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide for mentally competent patients with terminal illnesses Friday, declaring that outlawing that option deprives dying people of their dignity and autonomy.”
 
* An NBC review gets underway: “NBC News has launched an internal review of Nightly News anchor Brian Williams’ 2003 reporting mission to Iraq, details of which he acknowledged this week he had recalled incorrectly. NBC News president Deborah Turness announced the review in a memo to staff Friday afternoon.”
 
* The Illinois Republican really is having a rough week: “Congressman Aaron Schock’s legally-documented residence in the 18th District is listed for sale as a foreclosure.”
 
* Alan Nunnelee passes away: “Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., the stalwart social conservative who spearheaded efforts to ban same-sex marriage in the Magnolia State, died Friday from complications from brain cancer, his spokeswoman confirmed to CQ Roll Call. He was 56.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 2.6.15