Monday’s Mini-Report, 11.17.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* ISIS: “Intelligence officials were on Sunday investigating a video purportedly posted online by ISIS that claims to show that captured U.S. aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig has been killed. The propaganda video, whose authenticity has not been verified by NBC News, features a masked militant with a British accent standing over a severed head.”
 
* Obama called the murder “an act of pure evil”: “President Obama on Sunday confirmed the death of the aid worker, Peter Kassig, a former Army Ranger who disappeared more than a year ago at a checkpoint in northeastern Syria while delivering medical supplies.”
 
* Another Ebola tragedy: “By the time Martin Salia, a surgeon who died after contracting the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone, arrived in the U.S. he had “no kidney function and was unresponsive”  said doctors scrambling - ultimately unsuccessfully to save his life at a Nebraska isolation facility equipped for treating Ebola patients.”
 
* Ferguson: “Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order on Monday activating the state’s National Guard to provide support for the ‘unified command,’ which consists of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, St. Louis County Police Department and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. The statement released by the governor’s office referenced an expected grand jury announcement as coming ‘later this month.’”
 
* Nigeria: “The Nigerian government said it has driven Boko Haram out of Chibok, the town where the militants had kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in April. Boko Haram had returned to Chibok and seized it last Thursday along with several other towns. But just two days later Nigerian security forces flushed out the militants and restored control of the area, Presidential Spokesperson Reuben Abati told NBC News.”
 
* Maybe he should have focused more on growth: “Japan’s economy unexpectedly fell into recession in the third quarter, a painful slump that called into question efforts by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to pull the country out of nearly two decades of deflation.”
 
* He’ll need all the support he can get: “Senate Democratic leaders wrote a letter on Monday pledging strong support for President Barack Obama using his executive authority to temporarily shield some groups of undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation.”
 
* NFL: “The Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions were among the National Football League teams subjected to surprise inspections by Drug Enforcement Administration agents Sunday as part of a months-long federal investigation into the way NFL teams store, prescribe, track and distribute controlled substances.”
 
* Kevin O’Dowd leaves Team Christie: “A top aide to Gov. Chris Christie and his choice to serve as attorney general is leaving the administration for a post at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.”
 
* Funny: “A day after losing her bid for U.S. Senate, Monica Wehby picked up the phone and reached Gov. John Kitzhaber on his cell. Wehby, a Republican and fellow doctor, offered her expertise and interest in health care reform to the newly re-elected Democratic governor. And, according to multiple sources, she asked about a job opening: director of the Oregon Health Authority.”
 
* Something to keep an eye on: “In his first interview since Election Day, [Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado] told The Denver Post that he would “keep all options on the table” – including a rarely used right given to federal lawmakers – to publicize a secret report about the harsh interrogation techniques used by CIA agents in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.”
 
* Krugman: “Conservatives want you to believe that while the goals of public programs on health, energy and more may be laudable, experience shows that such programs are doomed to failure. Don’t believe them. Yes, sometimes government officials, being human, get things wrong. But we’re actually surrounded by examples of government success, which they don’t want you to notice.”
 
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Monday's Mini-Report, 11.17.14