Monday’s Mini-Report, 4.18.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Iraq: “The United States will send 217 more troops, including additional special operations forces, to Iraq as part of a growing train-and-advise effort to help the struggling government fight ISIS, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Monday morning in Baghdad.”
 
* Ecuador: “The death toll from Ecuador’s earthquake rose to 350 on Monday as the State Department confirmed at least one U.S. citizen was killed.”
 
* Brazil: “Brazilian legislators voted on Sunday night to approve impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, the nation’s first female president, whose tenure has been buffeted by a dizzying corruption scandal, a shrinking economy and spreading disillusionment.”
 
* Flint, Michigan: “Bottoms up for Gov. Rick Snyder. The governor announced Monday for the next 30 days, he’ll drink filtered tap water drawn from a home in the city.”
 
* The Supreme Court has posted the transcript from oral arguments in this morning’s big immigration case.
 
* A story worth watching: “The Pentagon misled Congress by using inaccurate or vague information about sexual assault cases in an effort to blunt support for a Senate bill that would make a major change in how the military handles allegations of sexual misconduct, an Associated Press investigation found.”
 
* Indefensible: “A college student who came to the United States as an Iraqi refugee was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight in California earlier this month after another passenger became alarmed when she heard him speaking Arabic.”
 
* Fascinating report: “A 160-year-old tintype depicting Andrew Chandler and his slave Silas, both in Confederate uniform, has long been used as evidence that slaves willingly fought against the army that aimed to free them. Following the national backlash against Confederate iconography, Silas’s descendants seek to debunk this once and for all.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 4.18.16