Friday’s Mini-Report, 7.10.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* South Carolina: “The FBI said Friday that the man accused of killing nine African American parishioners at a historically black church in Charleston should not have been able to purchase a gun.”
 
* Related news: “Decades of controversy came to a conclusion on Friday, as South Carolina removed the embattled Confederate flag from the grounds of the State House. The action came as the state’s Senate and House, with support from Gov. Nikki Haley, voted to remove the flag earlier in the week.”
 
* OPM: “Embattled Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta announced Friday she is resigning, one day after the government revealed that more than 22 million people had their data stolen in a pair of massive cyberattacks on the agency.”
 
* Greece: “Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras began the apparently delicate task Friday of selling his anti-austerity party and the rest of the Greek Parliament on a three-year rescue package that was remarkably similar to the one Greek voters overwhelmingly rejected in a referendum less than a week ago.”
 
* Iran talks continue: “Talks between Iran and six world powers are being extended until Monday, a U.S. official said Friday…. An interim agreement set to expire on Friday will be extended to give negotiators more time.”
 
* Monuments: “President Barack Obama on Friday announced the creation of three national monuments encompassing more than one million acres of public land across a trio of western states. Citing historic preservation, cultural impact and natural beauty, Mr. Obama will designate Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and Basin and Range in Nevada as new national monuments.”
 
* ISIS: “A key leader of the Islamic State and another top commander were killed in recent U.S drone strikes in eastern ­Afghanistan, according to intelligence officials here, the latest sign that the radical Islamist group is considered a growing threat in the country.”
 
* Look for more on this next week: “The Obama administration on Friday issued its final rules for employers who morally object to covering birth control in their health insurance plans. The accommodation ensures that all employed women, unless they work for a place of worship, will still have their birth control covered at no cost to them, even if their employers refuse to cover it.”
 
* CIA: “The Central Intelligence Agency’s health professionals repeatedly criticized the agency’s post-Sept. 11 interrogation program, but their protests were rebuffed by prominent outside psychologists who lent credibility to the program, according to a sweeping new report.”
 
* Virginia: “A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld the corruption convictions of former Gov. Bob McDonnell.”
 
* This will be interesting: “President Obama will visit a federal prison in Oklahoma on Thursday, according to federal law enforcement officials, as part of his intensified push to overhaul the nation’s criminal justice system.”
 
* Here’s to a speedy recovery: “Sen. Bill Nelson is scheduled to undergo surgery on July 13, after an early diagnosis of prostate cancer…. Nelson, 72, is next up for re-election in 2018. His office told reporters Thursday the senator fully intends to seek another term.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 7.10.15