Monday’s Mini-Report, 12.29.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* The latest on AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501: “The AirAsia passenger jet that disappeared with 162 people on board during a flight from Indonesia to Singapore Sunday is believed to have crashed and ‘is at the bottom of the sea,’ the head of the rescue effort told reporters Monday.”
 
* Greece: “Governments and investors across Europe braced for renewed economic upheaval on Monday after the Parliament in Greece failed to avert an early general election, reviving the toxic debate over austerity as the way to cure the continent’s economic woes.”
 
* Related news: “Remember ‘Grexit’? That would be the term, coined by Citigroup analysts in 2012, for Greece exiting the euro currency area, an event that at the time seemed to threaten the very idea of a united Europe and sent tremors through the global economy. Now, Grexit may be back. But, remarkably, the sense of panic isn’t.”
 
* It’s hard to understand why people would protest at a funeral: “New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton defended Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s support for the police and said it was ‘very inappropriate’ for officers to turn their backs on the mayor at a slain officer’s funeral.”
 
* Islamic State militants claimed last week to have to shot down a Jordanian  fighter jet over Syria. The U.S. military denies it. The answer matters: either ISIS has anti-aircraft power or it doesn’t.
 
* Related news on ISIS: “Fighter jets, bombers and drones carried out more than 30 airstrikes against the Islamic terror group ISIS in Syria and in Iraq Friday, destroying vehicles, groups of fighters and rocket and mortar systems, U.S. Central Command said.”
 
* Christie and Cuomo ignore unanimous legislative votes: “Thumbing their noses at their state legislatures, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo jointly vetoed a bipartisan bill on Saturday to overhaul the Port Authority, which is trying to move past a series of scandals tied to lane closures at the George Washington Bridge last year.”
 
* Pakistan: “At least nine people suspected of being militants, including four foreigners, were killed in two separate drone strikes in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, a Pakistani security official said.”
 
* Mexico: “Some three thousand people took to the streets of downtown Mexico City on Friday, three months after the disappearance and likely massacre of 43 students.”
 
* CDC: “The laboratory technician who may have been exposed to Ebola in a mishap last week at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is showing no signs of the disease, the U.S. Ebola coordinator said on Sunday.”
 
* Just as the momentum builds, Cliff Sloan steps down: “The State Department envoy who negotiates detainee transfers from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is resigning, dealing another blow to President Obama’s efforts to close a facility that top administration officials say is a blight on the country’s international standing.”
 
* Celebrate science: “When the cameras aren’t rolling, President Obama ponders honeybee colony collapse disorder, fusion energy, and climate change. In truth, he’s a real ‘science geek.’ That’s at least according to John Holdren, Obama’s chief adviser on science and technology. In an NPR interview reported by The Hill, Holdren said he believes Obama is the ‘most science-aware president since Thomas Jefferson.’”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 12.29.14