Friday’s Mini-Report, 8.21.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* ISIS: “The Obama administration says the No. 2 leader of the Islamic State militant group is dead, killed in a U.S. military air strike in Iraq earlier this week. National Security Council spokesman Ned Price says Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was traveling in a vehicle near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul when he was killed Tuesday.”
 
* France: “A gunman opened fire on a train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday afternoon, wounding at least three people before he was apprehended, police officials told NBC News.” According to some initial accounts, the gunman was taken down by two Americans on the train.
 
* Correction: “U.S. stocks closed deep in the red on Friday as global growth concerns accelerated selling pressure to push the Dow and Nasdaq into correction territory. The major averages had their biggest trade volume day of the year and posted their worst week in four years.”
 
* Washington wildfires: “Under smoke-filled skies the sickly yellow color of a fading bruise, Gov. Jay Inslee called the current conditions ‘an unprecedented cataclysm in our state. There are 390,000 acres burning. Last year was bad with 250,000 acres.’”
 
* An important endorsement: “President Barack Obama’s controversial nuclear deal with Iran received an important boost on Friday from Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, who announced he would support the agreement. The endorsement makes Nadler the only Jewish New Yorker in Congress to approve of the deal, which is being seen as a win for Obama.”
 
* Korean Peninsula: “After years of calm – or relative calm, at least – on the heavily militarized border between North and South Korea, both sides were back on alert Friday. The unlikely cause: Loudspeakers.”
 
* Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as Colin Powell’s chief of staff, has some wise words on the importance of the international nuclear agreement with Iran.
 
* And let me add my name to the list of people who think it’s a shame Shaun King, facing undue pressure from right-wing media, felt the need to write this piece on his family and racial history.
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 8.21.15