Monday’s Mini-Report, 4.20.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Watch this story: “American warships are prepared to intercept a convoy of Iranian ships suspected of carrying weapons to Houthi rebel forces in Yemen, senior defense and military officials told NBC News on Monday.”
 
* East Africa: “A bomb attack targeting a van carrying workers to a United Nations compound killed nine people on Monday, police said.  Authorities suspect Islamist al Shabaab militants of being behind the blast in Garowe in the Somali region of Puntland, police officer Mohamed Abdi said at the scene. Six bystanders were wounded, he added.”
 
* High court: “The Supreme Court threw out a ruling from last year that upheld Republican-drawn congressional and state legislative districts on Monday, ordering North Carolina’s highest court to reconsider its decision that state legislators didn’t rely too heavily on race when drawing the district lines.”
 
* Labor Secretary Thomas Perez talked with Greg Sargent today, offering a spirited defense of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which President Obama may soon negotiate with “fast-track” authority.
 
* ISIS: “The Islamic State released a video on Sunday that appears to show fighters from its branches in southern and eastern Libya executing dozens of Ethiopian Christians, some by beheading and others by shooting.”
 
* I’d like to hear more about this: “The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.”
 
* Michigan: “A suburban Detroit police officer who was seen on dash-cam video dragging a black man from his car before kicking and punching him repeatedly will be charged with two felony counts, a county prosecutor said Monday.”
 
* Oklahoma: “Two deputies involved in the undercover sting operation that led to the fatal shooting of Eric Harris, a 44-year-old unarmed black man, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, earlier this month have been reassigned for safety reasons, according to Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz.”
 
* Maryland: “Freddie Gray, who died on Sunday, a week after he was seriously injured following his arrest, suffered ‘a very tragic injury to his spinal cord, which resulted in his death,’ Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said at a Monday press conference, citing the preliminary results of an autopsy. ‘What we don’t know, and what we need to get to, is how that injury occurred,’ Rodriguez said.”
 
* Oh my: “Rep. David Brat (R-VA) on Thursday, during a conversation with Lars Larson at the ‘Hold Their Feet To The Fire’ conference, blamed Obamacare for moving America away from a free market system and making the country more like North Korea.”
 
* Neil deGrasse Tyson: “[T]he moment the politicians start saying they are in denial of what the scientists are telling them, of what the consensus of scientific experiments demonstrates, that is the beginning of the end of an informed democracy.”
 
* When political reporters decide that substance from presidential candidates just isn’t important anymore, can we agree that’s not good?
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 4.20.15