Friday’s Mini-Report, 7.15.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Crisis in Turkey: “Turkey’s prime minister says a group within Turkey’s military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup. The Associated Press reported that Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said a group in the military engaged in an attempted coup. Binali Yildirim told NTV television: ‘it is correct that there was an attempt’ when asked if there was a coup.”
 
* Officials in Nice, France, confirmed that “at least 84 people were killed – including 10 children – while 202 others were wounded. Of the 52 people in critical condition, 25 remained on life support, said French prosecutor Francois Molins. French President Francois Hollande earlier said that those in critical condition were ‘between life and death.’”
 
* News on the killer: “The truck driver killed by police after mowing down dozens of revelers in the French seaside city of Nice had a ‘violent’ past, but was not previously the subject of a terrorism investigation, French prosecutors said Friday.”
 
* POTUS weighs in: “In the wake of the terror attack that left at least 84 dead in Nice, France, during Bastille Day celebrations, President Barack Obama said Friday the fight against terror goes undeterred, but will not be won by a divided front…. ‘We cannot let ourselves be divided by religion because that’s exactly what terrorists want,’ Obama said Friday. ‘We should never do their work for them.’”
 
* 9/11 report: “The newly declassified ‘28 pages’ of a Congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks were made public Friday, offering a fresh glimpse of long-held suspicions – but no smoking-gun proof – of direct Saudi government connections to the al Qaeda terrorists who carried out the plot.”
 
* Baton Rouge: “Thousands gathered Friday to mourn the death of Alton Sterling, a black man whose death at the hands of white police officers sparked renewed protests across the country demanding an end to police violence.”
 
* Capitol Hill: “Representative Edward Whitfield, Republican of Kentucky, has been issued a ‘public reproval’ by the House Ethics Committee for allowing his wife, who served as a registered lobbyist, to meet with his House staff as she worked on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States.”
 
* What a story: “Wayne Simmons was a professional football player, a drug trafficker, an Iranian nightclub doorman, a Fox News guest analyst and an intelligence adviser in Afghanistan. What Simmons, 62, was not, according to all available evidence, was a CIA agent. In federal court in Virginia Friday, just before he was sentenced to 33 months in prison, he apologized for lying about his security clearance, his criminal history and his finances.”
 
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Friday's Mini-Report, 7.15.16