Monday’s Mini-Report, 12.21.15

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Afghanistan: “In one of the deadliest attacks against American forces in Afghanistan this year, a Taliban suicide bomber on a motorcycle drove into a military convoy near Bagram Air Base on Monday, killing six American soldiers, a United States official said.”
 
* Spanish elections: “[A]s the election Sunday in Spain showed, voters have made up their minds. A backlash against austerity has now clearly cracked the club of parties that had a lock on politics, and ushered in a new generation of challengers.”
 
* Better, but not good enough: “The Food and Drug Administration lifted its lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood Monday, but many gay men will still be barred. The new policy says that any man who wants to give blood can only do so if he hasn’t had sex with another man in the past year. In other words, sexually active gay men who are married or in a monogamous relationship will still be prohibited from donating.”
 
* Baltimore: “A Baltimore judge scheduled a retrial date Monday following the mistrial of one of six officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.”
 
* FIFA: “Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have each been handed eight year bans by the FIFA ethics committee following an investigation into a “disloyal payment” of $2 million from Blatter to Platini.”
 
* San Bernardino: “President Barack Obama’s visit to San Bernardino was inspiring – and healing, say some of the families of the people killed in the Dec. 2 San Bernardino mass shooting who met with the commander in chief.”
 
* Given the debates from this time four years ago at this time, someone should let Newt Gingrich know about this: “The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline dipped below $2 on Monday for the first time since 2009, according AAA.”
 
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Monday's Mini-Report, 12.21.15

Updated