Monday’s Mini-Report, 6.20.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Afghanistan: “A Taliban suicide bomber attacked a minibus carrying Nepalese and Indian security contractors to work at the Canadian Embassy early Monday, killing 14 people in one of the deadliest attacks on foreign workers in the Afghan capital, the police and government officials said.”
 
* Venezuela’s crisis: “In the last two weeks alone, more than 50 food riots, protests and mass looting have erupted around the country. Scores of businesses have been stripped bare or destroyed. At least five people have been killed. This is precisely the Venezuela its leaders vowed to prevent.”
 
* The Justice Department today released an un-redacted transcript of the 911 call made by the gunman in the Orlando mass-shooting.
 
* A 5-3 ruling: “The Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for police to get evidence admitted in a prosecution even if that evidence was obtained after an unconstitutional stop.”
 
* On a related note, the ruling included a striking dissent: “Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a searing – and at times, wrenching – dissent in a Supreme Court illegal-stop-and-search case in which she accused the conservative majority of giving ‘officers an array of instruments to probe and examine you.’”
 
* Death penalty: “An Alabama appeals court on Friday upheld the validity of the state’s death-sentencing law despite a January decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down a similar law in Florida.”
 
* Over the course of just nine days, three different Oakland police chiefs were forced to resign in the wake of assorted controversies.
 
* Sorry, conservatives, but the ACA is still working: “Fewer Americans reported not having enough money in the past 12 months to pay for necessary healthcare and/or medicines for themselves or their families than at any point since Gallup and Healthways began tracking this metric in 2008.”
 
* Professor Stefan Rahmstorf, at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, said last week, “We know from Antarctic ice cores that go back almost a million years that CO2 was never even remotely as high” as it is now.
 
* And if you missed it yesterday, the White House issued a worthwhile statement yesterday honoring Juneteenth: “Juneteenth is a time to recommit ourselves to the work that remains undone. We remember that even in the darkest hours, there is cause to hope for tomorrow’s light. Today, no matter our race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, we recommit ourselves to working to free modern-day slaves around the world and to honoring in our own time the efforts of those who fought so hard to steer our country truer to our highest ideals.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 6.20.16