Friday’s Mini-Report, 3.13.15

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* ISIS: “More than 40 Iraqi soldiers were killed after ISIS militants dug a mile-long tunnel under a local army headquarters and planted around 300 explosives under the base, a top regional official told NBC News Friday.”
 
* Ferguson: “A manhunt continues in the shooting of two police officers during protests in Ferguson this week, as the nation’s eyes are once again trained on this small, beleaguered Midwestern city.”
 
* Retired Major Gen. Paul Eaton called the Iran letter from the 47 Senate Republicans as “mutinous” and possibly “illegal.” As for Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), the ringleader behind the scheme, Eaton added, “What Senator Cotton did is a gross breach of discipline, and especially as a veteran of the Army, he should know better.”
 
* More on this on tonight’s show: “Russian President Vladimir Putin is in good health, the Kremlin said on Thursday, dismissing rumors that the leader was suffering from an illness after a foreign trip was canceled.”
 
* Ebola: “An American healthcare worker infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone [is in] serious condition at the National Institutes of Health, the NIH said Friday. The unidentified patient is the 11th Ebola case treated in the U.S.”
 
* VA: “President Barack Obama on Friday will announce new measures to address the healthcare crisis facing veterans at the Phoenix VA medical center where long wait times and falsified records were first discovered.”
 
* They’re right: “A group of 104 legal scholars and immigration law instructors signed a statement calling the Texas judge’s decision that blocked President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action ‘deeply flawed.’”
 
* Baby steps: “China’s emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide fell last year for the first time in more than a decade, offering fresh evidence that efforts to control pollution in the nation of 1.4 billion people are gaining traction.”
 
* The new net neutrality guidelines are only 313 pages: “The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday released extensive details of how it would regulate broadband Internet providers as a public utility, producing official wording that almost certainly sets the stage for extended legal fights.”
 
* Good to know: “The Environmental Protection Agency is reminding the public that the ‘chemtrails’ conspiracy theory on aircraft emissions just isn’t true. Conspiracy theorists say that government officials or others are using jets to spray harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. They cite the contrails left by jets as evidence of the chemicals.”
 
* Think about this: “The Wall Street bonus pool for last year is roughly double the total earnings of all Americans who work full time at the federal minimum wage.”
 
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Friday's Mini-Report, 3.13.15

Updated