Monday’s Mini-Report, 6.27.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* West Virginia: “As the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management revised its death totals from last week’s widespread flooding, West Virginia residents braced for heavy rain produced by thunderstorms that could lead to more flash flooding in hard-hit counties today.”

* The Brexit fallout continues: “Adding to investor concerns Monday, S&P Global Ratings lowered its credit rating on the United Kingdom to ‘AA’ from ‘AAA’ and said ‘the outlook on the long-term rating is negative.’”
 
* Stay tuned: “The leaders of Germany, France and Italy have insisted that no Brexit talks of any kind can begin until Britain has formally applied to leave the European Union, which EU officials expect to happen before the end of the year.”
 
* Somalia: “Gunmen stormed a hotel in Somalia’s seaside capital Saturday, taking guests hostage and ‘shooting at everyone they could see,’ before security forces pursued the grenade-throwing assailants to the top floor and ended the hours-long assault, police and witnesses said. At least 14 people were killed.”
 
* Iraq: “Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the country’s military wrested full control of Fallujah from Islamic State, paving the way for an offensive to reclaim Mosul, the last major city controlled by the terror group in Iraq.”
 
* Diplomacy: “The Israeli and Turkish prime ministers announced the restoration of full diplomatic relations, frozen for six years following the killing of Turkish activists who sought to break Israel’s economic blockade of Gaza.”
 
* Michigan: “The state’s top doctor was among high-level Michigan health officials briefed about a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Genesee County nearly one year before it was publicly disclosed, state records show.”
 
* Quite a scene: “Ten people were injured during a white nationalist protest and counter-protest Sunday near the steps of the California state Capitol in Sacramento, authorities said. Five to seven people were stabbed during the melee, California Highway Patrol Officer George Granada told NBC News.”
 
* The Arizona Department of Corrections on Friday “ceded a legal battle to defense attorneys for death-row prisoners by removing a controversial drug from its lethal-injection execution protocol. In a document filed late Friday, the department then asked a judge to declare moot a lawsuit brought against the drug’s use.”
 
* Antonin Scalia’s passing has created a lengthy vacancy on the Supreme Court, but even without replacing him, the post-Scalia court is already more liberal than it was before.
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 6.27.16