Friday’s Mini-Report, 4.3.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* The day after in Kenya: “Rescuers removed bodies of students from college dormitories in this town in eastern Kenya on Friday and airlifted injured survivors to the capital, one day after al-Shabab Islamist militants stormed the dorms and killed at least 147 people, most of them sleeping college students.”
 
* Iran: “As word made its way around the globe that an understanding had been reached with the United States and other powers to limit Iran’s nuclear program, Iranians themselves greeted the news with optimism and skepticism on Friday. While the political climate remained uncertain, the government was allowed to promote the deal at Friday Prayer, a sign that the plan was broadly supported by Iran’s establishment.”
 
* This may not be a constructive demand right now: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded that Iranian recognition of Israel’s right to exist be written into an emerging nuclear deal, as he convened top officials for talks on Friday.”
 
* President Obama today launched “a new initiative to expand the nation’s solar industry workforce during a visit to Utah’s Hill Air Force Base…. The Energy Department will seek to train 75,000 people – including veterans – to enter the solar workforce by 2020, increasing the goal it set in May 2014 by 25,000.”
 
* Ferguson: “City officials in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday evening released the full, unredacted content of racially charged and religiously insensitive e-mails sent by the city’s former court clerk as well as two former supervisors in the police department.”
 
* Arizona’s step backwards: “While other places have turned to bans and fees to discourage the use of plastic bags, Arizona is headed in a different direction. On Thursday, the State Legislature here sent a bill to the governor that would ban the bans.”
 
* Quite a scene in Maine: “Gov. Paul LePage’s town hall-style forum came to a chaotic end Thursday night when a former Democratic state lawmaker was hauled away by state police after she angrily confronted the governor, shouting that his budget proposals were harming low-income Mainers.”
 
* An unfortunate leak: “Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson called to personally apologize to House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) Thursday night after reports that Secret Service employees may have circulated personnel information revealing that Chaffetz had once been rejected for a job at the elite agency.”
 
* Worth watching: “The U.S. Transportation Department is completing work on a package of measures to control oil train dangers before the Obama administration finalizes a national safety plan expected by May, an official with knowledge of the plans said on Thursday.”
 
* That’s a good analogy: “The Republican Party in the Obamacare era is a doomsday cult after the world failed to end. Its entire analysis of the issue is built upon a foundation of falsehoods.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 4.3.15