Monday’s Mini-Report, 11.3.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* ISIS: “Islamic State group militants publicly shot dead 36 Sunni tribesmen, women and children Monday, an Iraqi official and a tribal leader said, pushing the total number of members slain by the extremists in recent days to more than 200.”
 
* Iraq: “Iraqi security forces, backed by American-led air power and hundreds of advisers, are planning to mount a major spring offensive against Islamic State fighters who have poured into the country from Syria, a campaign that is likely to face an array of logistical and political challenges.”
 
* Retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is on his way home: “A Mexican judge has ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.”
 
* The lawsuit was a long shot: “A Kentucky judge on Monday rejected a court motion filed by Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes seeking an immediate injunction to stop Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign from sending out mailers that have the appearance of an official Kentucky notice.”
 
* W.H.O.: “The leader of the World Health Organization criticized the drug industry on Monday, saying that the drive for profit was one reason no cure had yet been found for Ebola.”
 
* Accommodating Russia’s anti-gay law isn’t always easy: “A memorial to Apple Inc founder Steve Jobs has been dismantled in the Russian city of St Petersburg after the man who succeeded him at the helm of the company came out as gay. The more than six-foot-high monument, in the shape of an iPhone, was erected outside a St. Petersburg college in January 2013 by a Russian group of companies called ZEFS.”
 
* This story keeps getting weirder: “An October report from an independent Inspector General investigating an incident where Secret Service agents were taken off duty at the White House perimeter to guard a colleague’s home found that the problem was less prevalent than reported, though still ‘problematic.’”
 
* Kenneth Tate: “The security guard fired after accompanying President Barack Obama in an elevator at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta while carrying a gun says his dismissal was ‘unjust’ – and media coverage of the event has been ‘a nightmare.’”
 
* Interesting report on why many Americans pay more for slower Internet speeds: “The reason the United States lags many countries in both speed and affordability, according to people who study the issue, has nothing to do with technology. Instead, it is an economic policy problem – the lack of competition in the broadband industry.”
 
* Heartening news for the lactose intolerant among us: “One of milk’s big sells – aside from being a nice complement to breakfast cereal – is that its high calcium-content helps build stronger bones. A big new study of more than 100,000 Swedes suggests this is absolutely false: it finds no correlation between stronger bones and milk consumption.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 11.3.14