Monday’s Mini-Report, 5.18.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* The latest from Waco: “A brawl-turned-shootout between rival biker gangs left nine people dead and 18 injured outside a crowded sports bar in Waco, Texas…. [Waco police Sgt. Patrick Swanton] Swanton said that 165 to 175 bikers were being booked into the county jail. Earlier, he gave a figure of 192. He said the charges could be upgraded, up to capital murder.”
 
* Great timing: “The day after a mass shooting between rival biker gangs in Texas left nine people dead, lawmakers in the state discussed a bill on Monday that would allow licensed gun owners to openly carry their weapons in public.”
 
* ISIS: “Thousands of Iran-backed militiamen were massing on Monday to help retake the city of Ramadi after ISIS captured the Anbar provincial capital in a stunning setback for Iraq’s government. At least 500 people have been killed in Ramadi while around 8,000 have fled, a spokesman for the governor of Anbar told NBC News.”
 
* Afghanistan: “A Taliban suicide car bomber attacked a convoy from the European Union police training mission Sunday near the Afghan capital’s international airport, killing at least three people, including a Briton, authorities said.”
 
* EU: “The European Union on Monday approved plans to use military force to take on migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean, significantly escalating Europe’s response to a crisis that has left at least 1,800 people dead this year.”
 
* State of Washington: “Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency for Washington on Friday, with mountain snowpack at 16 percent of average and water levels in rivers and streams drying to a trickle not seen since the 1950s. He said that residents should also be prepared for an early and active fire season that could reach higher elevations in the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, where many spots are already completely clear of snow.”
 
* Climate crisis: “There has always been an odd tenor to discussions among climate scientists, policy wonks, and politicians, a passive-aggressive quality, and I think it can be traced to the fact that everyone involved has to dance around the obvious truth, at risk of losing their status and influence. The obvious truth about global warming is this: barring miracles, humanity is in for some awful s**t.”
 
* Limiting voting rights in New Hampshire: “For the first time in more than two decades, presidential hopefuls seeking a vital win in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary may lose out on motivating unregistered voters next year. New Hampshire lawmakers are poised to implement stricter guidelines on the state’s same-day voter registration law by imposing a 30-day residency requirement. The measure has passed the state Senate and is now being vetted in the New Hampshire House.”
 
* Provocative question from James Fallows: “When will Republicans who care about winning national elections, or actually governing, stop thinking of [Fox News] as a help and start viewing it as a hindrance, and what will happen when they do?”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 5.18.15