Monday’s Mini-Report, 11.28.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Ohio: “An Ohio State University student plowed a car into a campus crowd, then jumped out and started stabbing people with a butcher knife before being shot dead by police Monday morning, officials said.”

* Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton: “A 42-year-old Navy sailor whose many decorations included the Bronze Star has been identified as the first member of the American armed forces to be killed in combat in Syria, the Defense Department said on Friday.”

* Where’s Congress? “The escalating American military engagement in Somalia has led the Obama administration to expand the legal scope of the war against Al Qaeda, a move that will strengthen President-elect Donald J. Trump’s authority to combat thousands of Islamist fighters in the chaotic Horn of Africa nation.”

* Cuba: “Fidel Castro, the cigar-chomping Cuban revolutionary leader and dictator who defied U.S. efforts to topple him for five decades, has died. He was 90.”

* I’d bet those are some very interesting conversations: “White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Monday confirmed that President Obama and Donald Trump have spoken a ‘handful’ of times since the election, including over the phone on Saturday.”

* Brig. Gen. William King: “The highest-ranking officer implicated in last year’s scandal involving the Pentagon’s botched handling of anthrax has received career-killing discipline from the Army, USA Today has learned.”

* An immigration story Republicans are likely to overlook: “As hiring accelerates and the labor market tightens thanks to a steady U.S. recovery, employers who need low-skilled workers are increasingly struggling to fill vacancies. One big reason: Mexican workers, who form the labor backbone of industries like hospitality, construction and agriculture, are in short supply.”

* No good will come of this: “A white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners at a Charleston church last year was allowed to act as his own attorney in his federal death penalty trial Monday.”

* Delta was a little slow to act on this, but it looks like the airline eventually made the right call: “The CEO of Delta Airlines responded Monday to a video of a man berating ‘Hillary bitches’ on a flight last week, defending the flight crew’s decision not to kick the man off the plane but saying that he would not be allowed on a Delta flight again.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.



Monday's Mini-Report, 11.28.16