Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Iraq: “The United States launched another round of airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq Friday, using drones and fighter jets to attack a mortar position and vehicle convoy near Erbil, the Pentagon said. The strikes came a day after they were threatened by President Barack Obama.”
* The cease-fire ends: “A three-day truce in Gaza between Palestinian militants and Israel ended on Friday with no progress in negotiations brokered by Egypt to even temporarily extend the lull, and the antagonists resumed fighting.”
* Ebola: “The World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency Friday over the Ebola outbreak in western Africa that has killed almost 1,000 people. The outbreak of the deadly virus is an ‘extraordinary event’ and a public health risk to other countries, it said.”
* Afghanistan: “Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates issued a joint statement on Friday, reaffirming their commitment to accept the results of an internationally monitored recount brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry and to abide by a power-sharing arrangement regardless of who prevails.”
* Hawaii: “The tropical storm known as Iselle made landfall in Hawaii early Friday morning, bringing buckets of rain to the Big Island as another storm loomed in the days ahead.”
* Border: “Despite the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have arrived at the country’s southwestern border since October, the number of kids taken into custody significantly decreased in July.”
* ACA: “Medicaid and CHIP sign-ups have exceeded 7 million since ObamaCare’s new coverage options opened for enrollment last October, the government reported Friday. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that 7.2 million people have gained health insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), both designed to serve families with lower incomes.”
* Ohio: “The owner of a Youngstown oil-and-gas-drilling company was sentenced Tuesday to 28 months in prison for ordering employees to dump tens of thousands of gallons of fracking waste into a tributary of the Mahoning River.”
* If you’re in a Republican-led state, how many billions of dollars has your state lost by rejecting Medicaid expansion? Jonathan Cohn has a map, based on data from Urban Institute researchers, that answers the question very well.
* It seems to drive the right absolutely batty to note these details, but U.S. job creation was better in the Carter era than Reagan era. Paul Krugman, who has a chart on the subject, added, “But don’t expect the Reaganlators to acknowledge that. Their whole sense of identity is bound up with their faith.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
More Like This
Best of MSNBC
Friday's Mini-Report, 8.8.14