Friday’s Mini-Report, 9.4.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Quite a sight: “Hundreds of migrants and refugees gave up trying to catch a train Friday and began a desperate 300-mile walk towards Germany as European leaders faced up to a ‘defining moment’ in the continent-wide crisis.”
 
* On a related note: “Stepping back from a confrontation with asylum-seekers that drew condemnation from throughout Europe, Hungary will use buses to ferry thousands of migrants from Budapest to the border with Austria, a senior government official said Friday.”
 
* A politician in the spotlight: “Call him Europe’s Donald Trump. Hungary’s maverick Prime Minister Viktor Orban is emerging as the straight-talking voice of right-wing Europe, vowing to block a wave of desperate refugees from seeking sanctuary in the region.”
 
* A striking detail: “As Amnesty International recently pointed out, the ‘six Gulf countries – Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain – have offered zero resettlement places to Syrian refugees.’”
 
* California: “The campus of Sacramento City College was locked down Thursday afternoon as police searched for a gunman who shot three men, killing one, authorities said.”
 
* Dead-enders: “A judge in Marion County, Oregon, is under investigation after he reportedly refused to perform same-sex marriages when it was legalized in the state.”
 
* On Wednesday, nine people were shot and killed in Chicago, nearly all in separate and unrelated incidents: “That marked the most homicides in a single day in Chicago in more than a decade, according to a Tribune analysis of department data.”
 
* Smart move: “Rep. Mia Love, one of the GOP’s rising stars, said she will repay taxpayers more than $1,000 for weekend flights she took to attend the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner last spring.”
 
* Well said: “The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement focuses on the fact that black citizens have long been far more likely than whites to die at the hands of the police, and is of a piece with this history. Demonstrators who chant the phrase are making the same declaration that voting rights and civil rights activists made a half-century ago. They are not asserting that black lives are more precious than white lives. They are underlining an indisputable fact – that the lives of black citizens in this country historically have not mattered, and have been discounted and devalued. People who are unacquainted with this history are understandably uncomfortable with the language of the movement. But politicians who know better and seek to strip this issue of its racial content and context are acting in bad faith. They are trying to cover up an unpleasant truth and asking the country to collude with them.”
 
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Friday's Mini-Report, 9.4.15