Monday’s Mini-Report, 5.4.15

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* We’ll have more on the Texas shooting on tonight’s show: “Texas police shot dead two gunmen armed with assault rifles who opened fire outside of a ‘Draw Muhammad’ contest organized in the town of Garland on Sunday.”
 
* New York: “The NYPD officer who was shot in the head while sitting in an unmarked patrol car in Queens over the weekend has died. Officer Brian Moore, 25, died Monday afternoon after being taken off life support at Jamaica Hospital two days after the shooting in Queens Village.”
 
* Baltimore: “Reports of a Baltimore police officer shooting a man Monday near the intersection that was at the heart of looting and riots last week are untrue, Baltimore police said.”
 
* Wisconsin gun violence: “An Air Force veteran shot and killed three people, then himself, on a Wisconsin bridge on Sunday night, police said. Another person was critically injured.”
 
* New Jersey, Part I: “Two of the Republican’s former allies – his ex-deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly and his former top Port Authority official Bill Baroni – pleaded not guilty…. Bail was set at $150,000 for both Baroni and Kelly and a trial date was scheduled for July 7.”
 
* New Jersey, Part II: “The U.S. attorney for New Jersey has cleared three current and former officials in Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) administration of wrongdoing in an alleged scheme to cow the mayor of Hoboken into supporting a development project by withholding Hurricane Sandy relief funds.”
 
* Oh, Albany: “Dean G. Skelos, the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son were arrested on Monday morning by federal authorities on extortion, fraud and bribe solicitation charges, expanding the corruption investigation that has already changed the face of Albany.”
 
* Kudos to the New York Times for putting this on the front page: “[A large new study, based on the earnings records of millions of families that moved with children] finds that poor children who grow up in some cities and towns have sharply better odds of escaping poverty than similar poor children elsewhere.”
 
* The Justice Department “will start revealing more about the government’s use of secret cellphone tracking devices and has launched a wide-ranging review into how law-enforcement agencies deploy the technology, according to Justice officials.”
 
* The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday “left intact New Jersey’s ban on counseling intended to change the sexual orientation of gay children. The court declined to hear a challenge to the law, meaning that a September ruling by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the ban is the final word on the matter.”
 
* Indiana: “Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana has said he will sign a bill allowing cities and counties to create needle exchange programs if they are experiencing an outbreak of H.I.V. or hepatitis C because of intravenous drug use.”
 
* Americans’ support for drone strikes hasn’t waned: “Nearly three-quarters of Americans say it’s acceptable for the U.S. to use an unmanned aerial drone to kill an American citizen abroad if that person has joined a terror organization, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.”
 
* U.S. manufacturing: “Made in the U.S.A. is hot again, and the number of manufacturing jobs that are returning to the U.S. – or coming to the U.S. for the first time – from overseas has hit a record level.”
 
* Who’s the obstructionist? “Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar last week said even though Republicans cannot impeach President Obama, they can refuse to confirm any of his appointments. Speaking in Parker, Arizona, Gosar, a Republican serving in Congress since 2011, said that all people appointed by Obama should be blocked, no matter ‘how good of a person you are.’”
 
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Monday's Mini-Report, 5.4.15

Updated