Monday’s Mini-Report, 1.11.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Crisis in Flint, Michigan: “Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday the state is starting to draft a request for federal assistance with Flint’s lead contaminated water crisis…. The Republican governor also warned city residents against using tap water from the Flint River.”
 
* Iraq: “Islamic State militants attacked a shopping mall in eastern Baghdad on Monday evening, killing at least 17 people and turning the neighborhood into an urban war zone at rush hour, with helicopters hovering overhead and snipers taking positions on nearby rooftops.”
 
* The population of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility is down to 103: “The Department of Defense announced today the repatriation of Muhammed Abd Al Rahman Awn Al-Shamrani from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
 
* Porter Ranch: “Lawmakers on Monday plan to announce a legislative package in response to a methane gas leak that has forced thousands of people from their homes in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles.”
 
* A big week in Maine: “House Democrats and independents pushing for impeachment proceedings against Gov. Paul LePage say they will introduce a measure this week calling for an investigation into eight possible charges against the Republican chief executive.”
 
* Progress: “Only 22 cases of Guinea worm disease were reported in 2015, the Carter Center announced last week, a significant drop from the 126 cases reported in 2014.”
 
* Alabama: “The steering committee of the Alabama Republican Party passed a resolution Sunday asking House Speaker Mike Hubbard to step down as speaker until his ethics case is resolved.”
 
* Tomorrow night: “Two of Michelle Obama’s State of the Union guests this year are people who President Barack Obama met while campaigning for the Oval Office in 2008.”
 
* What a fiasco: “Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook who bought The New Republic in 2012 but has struggled to retain readership following his controversial business strategy, is looking to sell the venerable political news magazine, admitting that he ‘underestimated’ the difficulty of running a publishing business.”
 
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Monday's Mini-Report, 1.11.16