Monday’s Mini-Report, 6.30.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* VA: “President Obama on Monday will nominate Bob McDonald to lead the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, a senior White House official has confirmed. The previous VA secretary, former Gen. Eric Shinseki, resigned last May in the wake of allegations of incompetence over his handling of the broken health care system.”
 
* Israel: “Israeli searchers on Monday found three bodies believed to be those of the missing Israeli teenagers who were abducted more than two weeks ago in the occupied West Bank, the government of Israel said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened an emergency cabinet meeting as calls for a tough response escalated.”
 
* Iraq: “A retired Army general who served three tours in Iraq is warning against immediate U.S. airstrikes to beat back the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, who served more than 46 months in Iraq, said that airstrikes now would be ‘relatively ineffective in producing the desired effect of seriously degrading the ISIS network.’”
 
* GM, Part I: “General Motors is offering to pay as much as several million dollars each to the families of people killed and those severely injured in accidents caused by defective ignition switches installed in 2.6 million small cars, under terms of a victims compensation fund announced Monday.”
 
* GM, Part II: “General Motors recalled another 8.4 million vehicles in North America on Monday, bringing its yearly total to more than 28 million recalled vehicles worldwide. GM said it knew about seven crashes, eight injuries, and three fatalities related to Monday’s latest set of recalls, which was predominantly targeted at vehicles with ignition defects linked to inadvertent key rotation.”
 
* North Korea “fired two ballistic missiles off its east coast on Sunday, flouting a United Nations ban on the country testing such missiles. The test came four days before President Xi Jinping of China was scheduled to visit Seoul, South Korea, his first trip to the Korean Peninsula as Beijing’s leader.”
 
* Border: “President Obama on Monday formally requested that Congress grant him additional powers to deport the wave of young people illegally immigrating into the country. In a letter to congressional leaders, Obama also asked for more money to deal with the surge of people, mostly children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, who have come to the border in escalating numbers.”
 
* Gun violence: “Nine people were wounded by crossfire – two critically – early Sunday in a gun battle between two men on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, the police said. The victims were shot around 2:45 a.m. two blocks from historic Jackson Square and just around a corner from the popular Pat O’Brien’s piano bar. Preservation Hall, a music venue dedicated to preserving New Orleans jazz, is also nearby.”
 
* Conservative political correctness: “The National Rifle Association’s media arm issued a video bemoaning that Elliot Rodger, who murdered six during a recent killing spree in California, is referred to by media as a ‘gunman’ or ‘shooter.’”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 6.30.14