Friday’s Mini-Report, 4.15.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Quietly one of the biggest stories in the world: “Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he will visit a U.S. aircraft carrier transiting the disputed South China Sea on Friday, a move bound to anger China, which has been increasingly asserting its territorial claims.”
 
* Japan: “A massive earthquake struck southern Japan Saturday, a day after the same region was rocked by a smaller deadly quake. The United States Geological Survey reported the magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Saturday morning at 1:25 a.m. in the city of Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu, at a depth of 25 miles.”
 
* Europe: “Belgian Transport Minister Jacqueline Galant has resigned after a European Union report criticized Belgian airport security. Meanwhile, police in England said that five people from the central city of Birmingham were arrested on suspicion of being ‘concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.’”
 
* Brazil’s crisis intensifies: “The lower chamber of Brazil’s Congress on Friday began a debate on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, a question that underscores deep polarization in Latin America’s largest country and most powerful economy.”
 
* Historic changes in the U.S. military: “Twenty-two women are among the first class of female members of that branch to be commissioned as infantry and armor officers – leadership roles that were previously open only to men, military officials announced Friday.”
 
* The backlash continues: “Cirque du Soleil on Friday announced that it is cancelling its scheduled performances in North Carolina over the state’s law codifying which bathroom a transgender person must use.”
 
* The White House backs an FCC policy: “President Obama is demanding better, cheaper versions of the cable boxes that millions of Americans use to browse their pay-TV channels, in hopes of enhancing competition.”
 
* This fight isn’t over just yet: “Conservatives’ efforts to cripple the U.S. Export-Import Bank are now pitting two powerful Republicans against each other: Senate Banking Chairman Richard Shelby and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 4.15.16