Friday’s Mini-Report, 3.18.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* The apparent end of an important manhunt: “Fugitive Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam was captured in a terror raid in Belgium on Friday, along with two other suspects, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said Friday. Abdeslam, 26, had been on the run for more than four months when he was nabbed in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek. He was the only suspect in the Paris attacks still at large.”
 
* Congressional Republicans may hate EPA chief Gina McCarthy, but as far as the White House is concerned, “[T]here’s a strong case to make that the United States of America has never had a better administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency than Gina McCarthy.”
 
* The EU reaches an agreement on migrants: “The European Union and Turkey reached a deal on Friday to return new asylum seekers who arrive in Greece from Turkey, a significant step in the bloc’s effort to deal with the migrant crisis that has roiled the Continent.”
 
* It’s apparently safe to look at your 401k again: “Stocks are catching spring fever. The Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 officially wiped out their year-to-date losses this week, as the weight of the Fed was lifted from investors’ shoulders. If the Dow can hold its gains through the end of the month, it would mark the biggest quarterly comeback since 1933.”
 
* Quashing a bad idea: “Senate Republican leaders are tamping down talk in their conference of voting on Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court in the lame-duck session after the November elections.”
 
* Oregon: “The state Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer, who met with militants from the wildlife refuge takeover in eastern Oregon and urged authorities to concede to some of their demands.”
 
* The U.S. Air Force has “fired one of its most senior generals after an investigation into whether he had an affair with a married female officer found that they had exchanged emails that were ‘sexually suggestive.’”
 
* Greg Simon’s new gig: “Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will announce on Friday a corporate executive to lead his ‘moonshot’ cancer initiative, selecting an expert who began work in 2003 to lower barriers between science and cures.”
 
* Declassification: “President Barack Obama will move to declassify U.S. military and intelligence records related to Argentina’s ‘Dirty War,’ the White House said Thursday, aiming to bring closure to questions of U.S. involvement in a notorious chapter in Argentina’s history.”
 
* Good choice: “Two months ago, Twitter’s most dedicated fans threw a fit when news of a potentially major change in the service came to light: the 140-character limit, long one of Twitter’s defining characteristics, might be going away. Keep calm and tweet on, Twitter loyalists. The limit is here to stay.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 3.18.16