Monday’s Mini-Report, 6.16.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Crisis in Iraq: “Wielding the threat of sectarian slaughter, Sunni Islamist militants claimed on Sunday that they had massacred hundreds of captive Shiite members of Iraq’s security forces, posting grisly pictures of a mass execution in Tikrit as evidence and warning of more killing to come.”
 
* Strange bedfellows: “The United States and Iran on Monday signaled increased willingness to work together to arrest the expanding Sunni insurgency in Iraq, with Secretary of State John Kerry openly suggesting such a collaboration would be constructive and another American official saying the subject could come up at talks this week on the Iranian nuclear dispute.”
 
* Kenya: “At least 48 people were killed after dozens of militants attacked a Kenyan coastal town overnight, targeting a police station and two hotels, officials said Monday.”
 
* Afghanistan: “A roadside bomb killed 11 people including five election workers in northern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday, as a prolonged vote count began after the presidential run-off election.”
 
* Pakistan: “Pakistani warplanes hit suspected militant hide-outs in the country’s northwestern tribal areas on Sunday, killing more than 80 people, the military said, in the second such strike in a week after a Taliban attack on the country’s busiest airport in Karachi.”
 
* Straw purchasers: “A divided U.S. Supreme Court sided with gun control groups and the Obama administration Monday, ruling that the federal ban on ‘straw’ purchases of guns can be enforced even if the ultimate buyer is legally allowed to own a gun.”
 
* Ukraine: “Forty-nine people, mostly Ukrainian military personnel, were killed Saturday when separatists shot down a military transport jet as it was landing in the eastern city of Luhansk, according to the Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office.”
 
* More Ukraine: “Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine on Monday, a move that will inflict immediate pain on its turbulent neighbor and could eventually affect other gas-dependent European nations.”
 
* Bergdahl: “A two-star general will investigate the murky circumstances around Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s departure from his base in Afghanistan in 2009, which led to his capture by the Taliban, a defense official told NBC News Saturday.”
 
* Native Americans: “President Obama said the U.S. could do more to help Native Americans, as he visited Indian Country Friday – the first president to do so since Bill Clinton in 1999.” Obama was reportedly only the fourth sitting president to visit an Indian reservation.
 
* Dr. Jen Gunter, an OB/GYN and a pain medicine physician, has a worthwhile perspective that George Will should, but probably won’t, take seriously.
 
* Paul Krugman on President Obama’s 2014 so far: “[W]ho cares what centrists think? … The real question was whether he (with help from Nancy Pelosi and others) could make real progress on important issues. And the answer, I’m happy to say, is yes, he could.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 6.16.14