Friday’s Mini-Report, 5.8.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Baltimore: “Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced on Friday the Department of Justice will investigate the Baltimore Police Department due to a ‘serious erosion of public trust’ following the controversial death of Freddie Gray.”
 
* National security: “The American military has stepped up security measures at installations around the country in response to growing concerns about ‘homegrown violent extremists,’ a U.S. defense official said. The commander of the U.S. Northern Command sent an advisory Thursday night directing all commanders in the United States to tighten up protection, the official said.”
 
* Yemen: “Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that it would halt hostilities in Yemen beginning Tuesday for a five-day trial period that the foreign minister said could be renewed ‘if it works out.’”
 
* Elections, consequences: “Prime Minister David Cameron, having achieved a smashing and unexpected outright victory in Britain’s general election, heads into his second term facing severe – even existential – challenges to his nation’s identity and place in the world: how to keep the United Kingdom in the European Union and Scotland in the United Kingdom.”
 
* Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase: “Two of the nation’s biggest banks will finally put to rest the zombies of consumer debt – bills that are still alive on credit reports although legally eliminated in bankruptcy – potentially providing relief to more than a million Americans.”
 
* Rep. Curt Clawson (R-Fla.): “A multimillionaire, first-term Florida congressman flipped shares in a solar company the same day he acquired them in an initial public offering, despite a federal law that generally prohibits members of Congress from participating in IPOs.”
 
* A powerful story: “When Omar Khadr first arrived at Guantanamo Bay in 2002, he was a baby-faced 15-year-old and one of the military prison’s youngest detainees. He had been severely wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan in which a U.S. army medic was killed and other U.S. soldiers injured. The incident began a 13-year ordeal marked by repeated interrogations, torture, alleged threats of rape, and a plea bargain with a fundamentally flawed military commission. After being imprisoned nearly half his life, Khadr, now a bearded 28-year old, was finally released on bail Thursday by a court in Canada.”
 
* I had no idea about the problems plaguing manicurists and the industry. A stunning investigation: “Some ingredients used in nail products have been tied to cancer, miscarriages, lung diseases and other ailments. The industry has long fought regulations.”
 
* A compelling argument: “Mark Halperin offers a master class in how not to evaluate presidential candidates.”
 
* What? “Limbaugh suggests black people don’t appreciate museums because they are ‘not in their cultural upbringing.’”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 5.8.15