Monday’s Mini-Report, 4.25.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Syria: “President Barack Obama said the U.S. will send an additional 250 military personnel to Syria, significantly expanding the American presence there to fight ISIS. Obama made the announcement in a speech in Germany.”
 
* Cleveland: “How much is a black boy’s life worth? In the case of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, $6 million. That’s how much the city of Cleveland has agreed to pay to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the boy’s family.”
 
* North Korea “said Sunday that it successfully test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine and warned of its growing ability to cut down its enemies with a ‘dagger of destruction.’ South Korea couldn’t immediately confirm the claim of success in what marks Pyongyang’s latest effort to expand its military might in face of pressure by its neighbors and Washington.”
 
* The plan is called Vision 2030 and it’s worth watching: “Saudi Arabia is a country near-synonymous with the oil industry, but now the kingdom is moving to end what it calls its ‘addiction to oil’ with a new plan.”
 
* The Justice Department has dropped another court case “trying to force Apple Inc. to help authorities open a locked iPhone, adding new uncertainty to the government’s standoff with the technology company over encryption.”
 
* Not just VW: “Mitsubishi Motors’ fuel-economy scandal broadened Friday as U.S. auto safety authorities said they were seeking information, and news media reported that the automaker had submitted misleading data on at least one more model than disclosed and likely several others.”
 
* An opportunity to put things right: “Four Democratic lawmakers in North Carolina’s House of Representatives on Monday introduced a measure to repeal the state’s controversial House Bill 2, otherwise known as the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, which prohibits transgender people from using the bathroom in accordance with their gender identities.”
 
* Oklahoma “is just a signature away from revoking the licenses of most doctors who perform abortions.”
 
* Why do I have a hard time getting Jim Webb? Maybe because he writes op-eds describing Andrew Jackson as a victim of “political correctness.”
 
* Note, this case was rejected on standing grounds, not on the merits: “A federal appeals court tossed out a challenge to the federal debt limit, ruling Friday that the lawyer who brought the lawsuit couldn’t show he was personally harmed by the law limiting the size of the federal debt.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 4.25.16