Friday’s Mini-Report, 7.17.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Yesterday’s victims have been identified: “The four Marines killed in the rampage in Chattanooga, Tennessee, served a total of five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and one was awarded the Purple Heart. The Marine Corps said Friday that their remains were being sent to Dover, Delaware.”
 
* The investigation continues: “School administrators at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, where the gunman in Thursday’s shooting spree was a student, are working with law enforcement as investigators try to determine what motivated him to attack two military facilities in this city. The shooter, identified as Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, graduated from the university with a degree in electrical engineering in 2012.”
 
* Preliminary details emerge: “The attacker who shot four Marines to death in Chattanooga, Tennessee, had at least three guns plus a vest to carry extra ammunition, and he apparently died in a firefight with police, authorities said Friday.”
 
* Nigeria: “Nigeria’s Islamic extremists chose open-air praying grounds for suicide bombings Friday, one of the holiest days of the Muslim calendar. At least 15 people died as they prepared to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in northeastern Damaturu, said police.”
 
* It’s a shame someone in his position isn’t more credible: “Thursday’s massacre of four Marines in Chattanooga, Tenn., appears to have been a terror attack motivated by Islamic extremism, the head of the House Homeland Security Committee said on Friday. Though federal investigators later said there was ‘no indication’ the shooting was directed by an outside group, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said it had all the hallmarks of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).”
 
* Busted: “Michael Grimm, a former New York congressman and FBI agent who once investigated white-collar crime, was sentenced Friday to 8 months in prison for tax evasion by a judge who said his “moral compass’ needed adjustment.”
 
* The key ally: “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is coming to President Obama’s aid by vowing to support and aggressively sell the administration’s nuclear deal with Iran ahead of a vote in September. Pelosi praised the deal at a news conference on Thursday, calling it the ‘best possible option’ for ‘stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction’ in the Middle East. She also suggested that Republican opponents of the deal had not read it.”
 
* Oregon: “Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed into law Friday a bill that would allow students to go to community college for free immediately after they graduate high school.”
 
* Wait, what? “ ‘Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, was “one of the South’s first civil rights leaders,’ a GOP state representative from Tennessee wrote in an op-ed published Thursday.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 7.17.15