Friday’s Mini-Report, 6.27.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* It looks like the Middle East peace process is dead. Indyk did as much as anyone could have: “U.S. special Mideast envoy Martin Indyk resigned on Friday to return to a Washington think-tank in a move symbolizing the collapse of the latest American effort to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.”
 
* Iraq: “Iraq’s top Shiite cleric on Friday urged the country’s divided political factions to select a prime minister by early next week, in a public call for a political solution that increases the pressure on the embattled prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki.”
 
* The Ottawa Convention: “The Obama administration on Friday announced measures to reduce and eventually eliminate its stockpile of antipersonnel land mines, with the aim of joining the global treaty that prohibits them.”
 
* This will require some answers: “U.S. authorities are investigating two shots that were fired from a Mexican helicopter when it crossed the border into Arizona, although no injuries or damage to U.S. property were reported, the U.S. Border Patrol said on Friday.”
 
* Mississippi: “Sources have confirmed that attorney Mark Mayfield has died of an apparent suicide. Mayfield, vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, and is one of the three men charged with conspiring with Clayton Kelly to photograph U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife in her nursing home and create a political video against Cochran.”
 
* Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan hasn’t said much lately about the kidnapped girls: “My silence has been necessary to avoid compromising the details of our investigation. But let me state this unequivocally: My government and our security and intelligence services have spared no resources, have not stopped and will not stop until the girls are returned home and the thugs who took them are brought to justice.”
 
* Nowhere to go but up: “Retiring Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the longest-serving member of Congress in history … said in a Friday speech at the National Press Club that the institution was at the lowest point he had seen.”
 
* It’s not like there are any bills he needs to sign: “President Obama, saying he was feeling ‘super loose,’ tried to connect with ordinary people Thursday, the latest attempt by the former community organizer to get out of the White House and back on the streets. The president went out for burgers with a Minnesota mom in her neighborhood, and later strolled down a St. Paul street, stopping to buy locally made salsa and ice cream.”
 
* Something to keep an eye on: “Two Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee said Friday that they’re considering introducing legislation that would reform and reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.”
 
* A satisfying ending: “The residents of Latta, South Carolina, on Tuesday came through for their police chief, Crystal Moore, who was fired two months ago for reasons that many residents say had to do with her being a lesbian. The town overwhelmingly voted to reinstate Moore to her job and to strip the mayor, Earl Bullard, of some his powers.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 6.27.14