Friday’s Mini-Report, 8.7.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Afghanistan: “A barrage of deadly suicide attacks killed at least 40 people and wounded hundreds more in Kabul on Friday, ending a two-month-long lull in major terrorist strikes in the capital, according to Afghan officials. It was the deadliest day in Kabul so far this year.”
 
* Conservatives are now 0 for 7 in appellate courts on cases like these: “The Obama administration continued its winning streak Friday when yet another appeals court ruled in favor of the accommodation offered to religious organizations seeking to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. A panel for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that requiring religious objectors write a letter to the government declaring they seek to opt out contraceptive coverage does not constitute a substantial religious burden.”
 
* APA: “The American Psychological Association on Friday overwhelmingly approved a new ban on any involvement by psychologists in national security interrogations conducted by the United States government, even noncoercive interrogations now conducted by the Obama administration.”
 
* Oklahoma: “One of two brothers charged in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings in suburban Tulsa told police that plans for the attack were on a USB flash drive inside the family’s home, according to an affidavit for a search warrant.”
 
* That’s a lot of people: “An estimated 24 million people watched Fox News Channel’s prime-time debate with the top 10 Republican presidential candidates, the highest-rated broadcast in the network’s history.”
 
* Ideally, this would matter: “When it comes to foreign policy, the Republican Party’s presidential candidates are shockingly ill-informed.”
 
* A surprising development in Georgia: “Confederate Memorial Day has been struck from Georgia’s official 2016 state holiday calendar. So has Robert E. Lee’s birthday. Most state employees will still get days off for both events, but the controversial names have been replaced with the more neutral term ‘state holiday.’”
 
Clarification: “Chris Christie’s presidential campaign said Friday that the New Jersey governor did not lie, but rather misspoke, when he said during a Republican primary debate that he was appointed U.S. attorney the day before 9/11.”
 
* Once a month, conservatives email me to complain that the new job numbers don’t count because most of the new employment is made up of part-time workers. And every month, these arguments are wrong.
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 8.7.15