Monday’s Mini-Report, 2.8.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Fighting the Zika virus: “President Barack Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the mosquito-borne Zika virus in the United States and other countries, the White House said on Monday.”
 
* Good advice: “President Obama sought to assure Americans that the spread of the Zika virus should not evoke the panic that has accompanied past public health scares.”
 
* North Korea “launched a long-range rocket Sunday, drawing stern condemnation from the U.S., Japan and the United Nations. While Pyongyang said the rocket carried a satellite, the launch was widely viewed as a cover for testing ballistic missile technology – in defiance of United Nations sanctions.”
 
* Related note: “The United Nations on Sunday condemned North Korea’s satellite launch as a ‘dangerous and serious’ violation of international restrictions, and threatened new sanctions aimed at dissuading the rogue nation from building missiles capable of delivering weapons against distant adversaries, including the United States.”
 
* It’s not just Saudi Arabia: “A top official in the United Arab Emirates said Sunday that his country is prepared to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State militants as part of an international coalition.”
 
* Taiwan: “A powerful earthquake struck southern Taiwan Saturday, killing at least 14 people and leaving more than 150 people missing in one building alone, officials said.”
 
* North Carolina: “Federal judges struck down late Friday two majority black congressional districts in North Carolina, saying race was the predominant factor in drawing those lines but state legislators lacked justification in using that practice.”
 
* Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s law license “will remain suspended after the State Supreme Court on Friday denied her request to have it reinstated while she fights criminal charges of leaking grand jury material and lying about it.”
 
* Quite a story out of Crystal City, Texas: “Almost every top official in a remote South Texas city was arrested Thursday under a detailed federal indictment that accuses them of taking bribes from contractors and sending city workers to help an illegal gambling…. Crystal City’s mayor, city manager, mayor pro tempore, one of three current councilmen and a former councilman were all arrested under an indictment obtained by the U.S. attorney’s office in San Antonio, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney said.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 2.8.16