Friday’s Mini-Report, 4.10.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Iraq: “Islamic State fighters launched a heavy attack on government-held territory in Anbar Province late on Thursday and on Friday, killing 25 Iraqi police officers and soldiers, and then executing 15 family members of local police officers, according to Iraqi officials.”

* South Carolina: “New evidence may shed light on why Walter Scott, an unarmed black man shot and killed here by a police officer last weekend, ran from the officer during a routine traffic stop shortly before the fatal encounter.”
 
* Illinois: “Emergency teams were combing through the damage Friday from deadly tornadoes in Illinois, as forecasters predicted severe lighting storms would strike from New York to the Gulf Coast.”
 
* Kansas: “A 20-year-old Topeka man was arrested and charged on Friday with plotting to detonate a suicide car bomb on the military base at Fort Riley, Kan.”
 
* Another Secret Service problem? “A uniformed officer in the Secret Service’s Foreign Missions Branch was put on leave and his security clearance suspended Friday after he was arrested in Washington, the agency said.”
 
* Summit of the Americas: “President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro will hold a bilateral meeting Saturday on the margins of the Summit of the Americas here, the first such encounter between the two nations in more than 50 years, White House officials said.”
 
* It’s starting to look like a deliberate strategy: “Only two days after the recently announced Republican 2016 candidate was criticized for his agitated interview with ‘TODAY’ co-host Savannah Guthrie, [Sen. Rand Paul] walked off the set of a live interview Friday with The Guardian after he was pressed on the specifics of his criminal justice reform advocacy.”
 
* One of the week’s under-appreciated stories: “A ruling this week by a federal appeals court signals bad news for Republican-led lawsuits seeking to stop President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, immigration law experts say.”
 
* All of the right’s ACA predictions have been wrong: “Millions of additional people now have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act and the historic expansion of coverage it has made possible. But the nation’s total spending on medical care hasn’t exploded, as legions of ‘Obamacare’ critics predicted it would. In fact, America’s health care bill is turning out to be a lot smaller than economists thought it would be by this point.”
 
* Good advice: “The Justice Department is sending a memo to all of its employees Friday warning them that soliciting prostitutes is a violation of department policy, whether off duty or on. The caution follows recent allegations that Drug Enforcement Administration agents had ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels in Colombia.”
 
* For all the public assumptions about the poor receiving “handouts” from the government, perhaps it’s time for a conversation about the fact that “the rich get government handouts just like the poor.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 4.10.15