Monday’s Mini-Report, 10.31.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Stay tuned: “Out of the 650,000 emails found on former congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop, only a small number will likely be related to that case, a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation into emails related to the probe of Hillary Clinton’s private server told NBC News on Monday.”

* The White House “delivered an arm’s-length rebuke to FBI Director James Comey on Monday, declining to either stand behind or fully condemn his decision to enter the presidential-election fray but noting that he had opened the door to a partisan fracas.”

* Italy: “An earthquake, believed to be the strongest to hit Italy since 1980, struck the center of the country on Sunday, four days after two back-to-back quakes severely damaged buildings and left thousands homeless in the area. The temblor on Sunday also caused fresh damage to the towns destroyed by a quake that killed nearly 300 people in August.”

* Oddly enough, Donald Trump declared last week that the mission was already failing: “Iraqi forces said they reached the eastern outskirts of Mosul on Monday and were preparing to make the first break into the city, which has been held by Islamic State militants for more than two years.”

* The resolution of Lebanon’s political crisis: “Michel Aoun, a charismatic retired general, polarizing Christian politician and ally to Hezbollah, was chosen president of Lebanon on Monday morning, ending a two-and-a-half-year vacuum that had tested the country’s ability to function without political leadership.”

* The sooner this is addressed, the better: “In an agency-wide email to the Secret Service, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson promised to address the salary limits that have prevented hundreds of agents from earning paid overtime during the election, telling agents, ‘You deserve our full support.’”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.



Monday's Mini-Report, 10.31.16