Monday’s Mini-Report, 2.29.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* When hardliners lose, it’s good news: “President Hassan Rouhani of Iran and his allies appeared Monday to have made strong gains in two national elections, the first to be held since Tehran completed a sweeping nuclear deal with the United States and other Western powers.”
 
* Iraq: “Dozens of people were killed Sunday in two bombings at a crowded market in a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad, the police said. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.”
 
* Medal of Honor: “On Monday morning, [Edward] Byers, a member SEAL Team 6, stepped from the shadows – the unit operates covertly, and its existence often goes unacknowledged by the military – to receive the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration, for his actions that day.”
 
* Indiana: “A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction saying Gov. Mike Pence cannot withhold funds intended to help Syrian refugees resettle in Indiana until a lawsuit against the state is resolved.”
 
* Salt Lake City: “A teenager remains in a coma after he was shot multiple times on Saturday night by police during a fight in downtown Salt Lake City, according to authorities. Police told the Salt Lake Tribune that Abdi Mohamed was struck by three bullets in his upper and lower torso. He was listed in critical condition on Sunday, the paper reported. What prompted police to open fire on the 17-year-old is a matter of dispute.”
 
* Fort Wayne: “Police have yet to identify a motive in the gruesome shooting death of three young men of African descent in a Fort Wayne, Indiana, house. Mohamedtaha Omar, 23, Adam Mekki, 20, and Muhannad Tairab, 17, were killed ‘execution-style’ on Wednesday, according to Fort Wayne’s public safety director Rusty York.”
 
* An extraordinarily rare sight: “Justice Clarence Thomas Monday broke his 10-year span of asking no questions during Supreme Court oral argument in a case about gun rights.”
 
* I think there’s probably something to this: “Billionaire investor Warren Buffett says the United States’ economy is doing much better than how presidential candidates are portraying it on the campaign trail. Buffett says they are misleading Americans into believing that the next generation will be worse off than them financially.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 2.29.16