Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Paris: “A leading Belgian jihadist who is one of the most active ISIS operators in Syria is the suspected mastermind behind the Paris massacre, according to reports. Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who once boasted about evading Western intelligence, is also said to be linked to the thwarted attacks on a Paris-bound high-speed train and a church near the French capital earlier this year.”
* An international list of victims: “Most of the victims of Friday night’s horrific attacks in Paris were French, killed in their capital on what should have been an enjoyable evening out. Many others were visitors from around the world.”
* Guantanamo: “The Department of Defense announced on Sunday that it had transferred five lower-level Yemeni detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba to the United Arab Emirates. The United States had held each for nearly 14 years as wartime prisoners, and none had been charged with a crime. The transfers reduced the detainee population at the prison to 107.”
* Minnesota: “A man suspected of assault was shot on a north Minneapolis street by a police officer early Sunday while allegedly hindering emergency responders from aiding his victim. The shooting ignited a chaotic scene of shouting and taunting bystanders who believed the man was handcuffed before police opened fire.”
* Kansas: “Racial tensions are growing at the University of Kansas with a call for three top Student Senate leaders to resign and a recent graduate initiating a hunger strike.”
* Some heartening news out of Maryland: “Gov. Larry Hogan said at a press conference Monday afternoon that he is ‘100 percent cancer free.’ … The governor finished chemotherapy last month for stage 3 non-Hodgkins lymphoma.”
* Trey Gowdy may hope to parlay his Benghazi Committee failure into a seat on the federal judiciary: “Gowdy’s newfound reputation as a somewhat reticent warrior for the hard right on the Hill has many allies predicting a career switch even sooner rather than later. Look for him to trade in his House voting card for a federal judicial robe at the earliest opportunity.”
* Good for him: “Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has called out a fan who screamed an offensive remark during a moment of silence prior to his game Sunday against the Detroit Lions.”
* And while I suspect many of us saw a variety of thought pieces over the weekend reflecting on Friday’s night’s terrorist violence in Paris, I was especially fond of John Scalzi’s take: “Don’t. Don’t do what ISIS wants you to do. Don’t be who ISIS wants you to be, and to be to Muslims. Be smarter than they want you to be.” It sounds like good advice to me.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.