Monday’s Mini-Report, 12.8.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Yemen: “United States commandos stormed a village in southern Yemen early Saturday in an effort to free an American photojournalist held hostage by Al Qaeda, but the raid ended in tragedy, with the kidnappers killing the American and a South African held with him, United States officials said.”
 
* Potential trouble: “The release of the ‘cromnibus’ has been delayed as lawmakers across the Capitol continue to work out a number of issues on the spending bill.”
 
* Iraq: “Allied warplanes and Iraqi ground troops are increasingly isolating Islamic State militants in the captured city of Mosul, prompting Iraqi officials to push for a winter offensive to wrest control of the area months ahead of the previous schedule – and over American warnings.”
 
* Tomorrow: “A highly anticipated Senate Intelligence Committee report expected to condemn the CIA for using torture following the 9/11 terrorist attacks is set to be released Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed.”
 
* Profiling: “The Justice Department on Monday announced revisions to rules for racial profiling by federal law enforcement amid lingering protests across the nation in response to grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers for the killings of unarmed black men.”
 
* A job well done: “With the Ebola crisis seemingly in hand, Ron Klain, the veteran political operative the White House plucked from a venture capital gig to coordinate the government’s response, is planning a late-winter return to the private sector.”
 
* In related news, the emergency room physician in Dallas who missed the first domestic Ebola case is discussing the incident for the first time. “I was unaware of a 103-degree fever,” Dr. Joseph Howard Meier explained. “It appears in the chart, but I did not see it.”
 
* I don’t think I’ll every fully understand how Ron Fournier sees the world.
 
* 34 million miles away: “New information from NASA’s Curiosity Rover suggests that Mars may once have had large, long-lasting lakes above ground. That would challenge the more popular theory that water on the planet was only underground, or only appeared in a few areas for a short amount of time.”
 
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Monday's Mini-Report, 12.8.14