Monday’s Mini-Report, 12.7.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* We’ll be hearing a lot more about this: “Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump on Monday called for a ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,’ the most dramatic response yet to the string of terrorist attacks that have Americans increasingly on edge.”

* San Bernardino shooters: “The young California parents who killed 14 people in a workplace rampage last week had both been ‘radicalized’ into following an extreme form of Islam, an FBI official said Monday.”
 
* Chicago: “Attorney General Loretta Lynch plans to announce this week that the Justice Department will open an investigation of the Chicago Police Department, according to law enforcement officials.”
 
* Related news: “At least five police officers present during a shooting that was captured on a video that has created a firestorm of protest in this city supported a discredited version of events told by the officer who fired the fatal shots, newly released records show.”
 
* Still more: ” Prosecutors in Chicago will not file criminal charges against a police officer who shot and killed a black man last year, an incident that occurred a week before a different fatal shooting that brought national scrutiny to Chicago’s police force, officials said Monday.”
 
* Pennsylvania scandal: “The lawyer for a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice says his client doesn’t plan to resign despite the governor’s call for him to quit over a salacious email scandal. The attorney for Justice Michael Eakin said Sunday he was disappointed by the statement from Gov. Tom Wolf.”
 
* We have a long way to go: “Industrial emissions of greenhouse gases rose only slightly in 2014 and appear to be on track to decline in 2015, according to new data that raise the possibility that a period of rapid global emissions growth may be coming to an end.”
 
* Nebraska: “Gov. Pete Ricketts announced late Friday that the state will not make additional attempts to import drugs for use in executions for the time being – a move that follows months of reporting by BuzzFeed News about the state’s unsuccessful efforts to do so.”
 
* A victory for labor: “United Auto Workers win union vote 108-44 for skilled workers at Volkswagen’s lone U.S. plant in Tennessee after the polls closed. The election involving 162 skilled-trades workers, who are responsible for repairing and maintaining machines and robots at the Chattanooga factory, ended Friday night. The remaining 1,200 production workers are not affected by the vote.”
 
* Jimmy Carter: “Former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday his cancer is gone. Carter said in a statement that his most recent MRI brain scan did not reveal any signs of the original cancer spots or any new ones and that he’ll continue his treatment.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 12.7.15