Monday’s Mini-Report, 10.5.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* TPP: “The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have reached a deal on the most sweeping trade liberalization pact in a generation but the accord on Monday faced initial skepticism in the U.S. Congress.”
 
* A heartbreaking story out of Afghanistan over the weekend: “Twelve Doctors Without Borders staff along with seven patients, including three children, were killed after an apparent U.S. airstrike hit the international charity’s hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz.”
 
* NATO warned Russia today to stay away from Turkey “after the Turkish Air Force intercepted Russian warplanes that strayed into its airspace from Syria, underscoring the heightened risk of a wider conflagration as Russia escalates its intervention in the Syrian conflict.”
 
* Officials in South Carolina “warned Monday afternoon that the dangers from the state’s unprecedented floods were not over – and that clearing skies did not erase the threat of shifting water and unstable roads.”
 
* In a video message to attendees to the Our Oceans conference, President Obama “announced plans for two new marine sanctuaries, one off the coast of Maryland, and the other in Lake Michigan. They’ll be the first new national marine sanctuaries designated by the federal government in the past 15 years.”
 
* California “will become the fifth state in the nation to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he signed one of the most emotionally charged bills of the year.”
 
* ISIS: “The Islamic State has blown up the iconic Arch of Triumph in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, officials said.”
 
* New Mexico: “[State Attorney General Hector Balderas’] office has tacked another criminal charge onto its case against Secretary of State Dianna Duran, alleging the person Duran listed as her campaign treasurer during her 2010 election bid – former state Sen. Don Kidd – did not know his name was being used and had no role in verifying Duran’s campaign reports.”
 
* Care to guess what the GOP’s reaction to this will be? “Citing the shootings at a community college in Oregon, the House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi of California, called on Friday for the creation of a select committee to address the issue of gun violence in the United States.”
 
* Chris Christie’s troubles still aren’t done: “New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox, who returned to the job to renew the state Transportation Trust Fund a year ago, is leaving the job  to return to the private sector.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 10.5.15