Monday’s Mini-Report, 12.5.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* A lone juror produced an indefensible outcome in the Michael Slager case: “A judge declared a mistrial Monday afternoon in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man at the hands of a South Carolina former patrolman, after the jury said they could not come to a unanimous verdict.” There will be a retrial.

* Standing Rock: “The secretary of the Army Corps of Engineers has turned down a permit for a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota, in a victory for Native Americans and climate activists. A celebration erupted following the Sunday announcement at the main protest camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, where the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and others have been protesting against the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline for months.”

* Oakland: “Officials released more details Monday and increased the death toll from Friday’s massive fire in Oakland, California, but key questions – including the cause of the blaze and the identities of many of the victims – remained unanswered.”

* Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi “will resign after voters rejected a constitutional referendum that would have given his office sweeping new powers.”

* Austria: “Alexander Van der Bellen, who preached moderation and tolerance, won Austria’s presidential election Sunday over right-wing populist Norbert Hofer, according to preliminary results that showed Van der Bellen convincingly ahead despite pre-vote polls showing them neck and neck.” Note, Hofer received 46.4% of the vote, which is a greater share than Donald Trump received, but Austria doesn’t have an Electoral College.

* Only 59 detainees remain at the facility: “The Pentagon said on Sunday that it had sent a Yemeni detainee from the wartime prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Cape Verde, the island nation off the west coast of Africa. It was the first transfer from the prison since the election victory last month by Donald J. Trump, who vowed during the campaign to reverse President Obama’s effort to close Guantanamo.”

* Scrubbing: “KT McFarland, Donald Trump’s pick to be his deputy national security adviser, has taken down her website, Twitter account, and public Facebook account.”

* Unsettling: “Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowksi on Thursday called for the New York Times’ executive editor to be jailed for releasing some pages of the President-elect’s tax returns.”

* Abortion data: “The number and rate of abortions tallied by federal authorities have fallen to their lowest level in decades, according to new data released Wednesday. The latest report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, incorporating data from 47 states, said the abortion rate for 2013 was 12.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years. That’s half the rate recorded in 1980.”

* Keep an eye on this one: “The Trump administration is seriously thinking about not submitting a budget to Congress next year.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.



Monday's Mini-Report, 12.5.16