Monday’s Mini-Report, 3.7.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Counter-terrorism: “More than 150 members of the al-Shabab terrorist group were killed overnight Sunday by a massive U.S. airstrike in Somalia, senior defense officials told NBC News. The dead were among the 200 or so fighters at a training camp some 120 miles north of Mogadishu who were preparing for an ‘imminent large-scale attack’ against U.S. and regional governmental forces, officials told NBC News.”
 
* Baghdad: “A truck bomb killed 33 people at a crowded checkpoint south of Iraq’s capital on Sunday, the latest in a recent spate of attacks on Shiite majority areas by Islamic State, officials said.”
 
* Bloomberg’s out: “Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former three-term mayor of New York, said he’s decided against entering the 2016 presidential race, removing one of the remaining uncertainties in what already has been an unusual and unpredictable election year.”
 
* The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning “in favor of an Alabama woman who sought legal custody after splitting up with her same-sex partner. The case required the court to interpret the Constitution’s dictate that every state must give ‘full faith and credit’ to legal decisions reached in other states.”
 
* In Korean waters: “The United States and South Korea kicked off major military exercises on Monday, including rehearsals of surgical strikes on North Korea’s main nuclear and missile facilities and ‘decapitation raids’ by special forces targeting the North’s leadership.”
 
* Trent Lott’s become Mr. Reasonable? “Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and majority leader, has come under considerable criticism from Democrats for his handling of the Supreme Court vacancy. Now, he faces some second-guessing from Trent Lott, the former Republican senator from Mississippi who was once Mr. McConnell’s partner in leadership.”
 
* Florida: “The fate of nearly 400 death row inmates in Florida hangs in the balance after Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill into law on Monday that changes the way the state will carry out death penalty cases.”
 
* What a mess: “Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee said Monday they would delay consideration of a budget this month, the latest example of GOP struggles on both ends of the Capitol to craft a fiscal blueprint this year.”
 
* Oh my: “Newly appointed [Wisconsin] Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley in a student newspaper 24 years ago said she had no sympathy for AIDS patients because they had effectively chosen to kill themselves, called gays ‘queers’ and said Americans were ‘either totally stupid or entirely evil’ for electing President Bill Clinton…. GOP Gov. Scott Walker acknowledged he was not aware of her writings while at Marquette University before he appointed her three times to judicial positions.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 3.7.16