Friday’s Mini-Report, 5.27.16

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* ISIS: “A U.S. airstrike has killed a local leader of the terror group ISIS in Fallujah, Iraq, a spokesman for an American-led coalition fighting the group said. U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren said the strike Wednesday on ISIS’ headquarters in Fallujah killed local commander Maer a-Bilawi.”
 
* Donald Trump announced this afternoon “that he won’t debate Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders after all.”
 
* Japan: “Barack Obama called for a world without nuclear weapons on Friday as he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the Hiroshima atomic bombing…. A helicopter and motorcade brought Obama to the Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial, where he spent a short time in the site’s museum and then solemnly placed a wreath at the arched monument.”
 
* This seems like a story worth following closely: “For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could mean ‘the end of the road’ for antibiotics.”
 
* This investigation led to one resignation: “More than 40 Secret Service employees have been disciplined for improperly accessing sensitive private information about a prominent congressional critic last year, an ‘appalled’ Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday.”
 
* The effects of the Zika virus: “More than 100 prominent physicians, bioethicists and scientists from around the world posted a letter Friday urging WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to exert pressure on Olympic authorities to move the Olympics from Rio de Janeiro or delay the games because of public health concerns over the Zika virus.”
 
* Gun access is part of the difference: “There was a time when it looked as if Chicago would follow New York and Los Angeles into a kind of sustained peace. Then progress stalled in 2004, and the city has been through some harrowing years leading up to another alarming spike in homicides this year.”
 
* The U.S. economy “is picking up speed after a slow start to the year, with resilient consumer spending and a buoyant housing market just about making up for a falloff in investment by cautious companies. But the overall gains are still likely to fall short of what many experts – not to mention ordinary workers – would hope to see as the recovery nears the end of its seventh year.”
 
* Heimlich finally helps prove the efficacy of the Heimlich maneuver: “He’s demonstrated how to save lives countless times since inventing his technique four decades ago, but Dr. Henry Heimlich had never used his namesake maneuver on someone who was actually choking – until this week.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 5.27.16

Updated