Monday’s Mini-Report, 6.8.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* More on this on tonight’s show: “One was doing life for killing a sheriff’s deputy on the Fourth of July. The other has a grislier past: He killed a 76-year-old businessman by breaking his neck, then cut up the body and threw the pieces into a river. Now they could be anywhere.”
 
* A 6-3 ruling: “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the American citizen parents of a boy born in 2002 in Jerusalem who wanted his passport to list the place of birth as ‘Jerusalem, Israel.’ The State Department, which issues passports, had refused. It did so in conformance with a long running U.S. policy to list the place of birth for Americans born in that city as simply, ‘Jerusalem.’”
 
* Texas: “A police officer in McKinney, Texas, has been placed on administrative leave after a video surfaced showing him aggressively confronting teens at a pool party on Friday evening. Police officers were first called to the scene around 7:15 pm local time to respond to a disturbance at the Craig Ranch Community pool in the Dallas area.”
 
* South Carolina: “A grand jury has indicted a former South Carolina police officer in the April shooting of an unarmed black man, the prosecutor announced on Monday. Former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager, 33, has been charged with murder in the death of Walter Scott, 50.”
 
* Obviously: “President Barack Obama said Monday that the Supreme Court should reject a challenge that would cripple his health care program – and he ventured that the justices shouldn’t have taken it up in the first place.”
 
* Turkey’s elections: “Turkish voters delivered a rebuke on Sunday to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as his party lost its majority in Parliament in a historic election that thwarted his ambition to rewrite Turkey’s Constitution and further bolster his clout.”
 
* Hastert scandal: “Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has hired a high-powered Washington attorney who is a veteran of political scandals to represent him against federal charges that he lied to the FBI about bank withdrawals – money he allegedly used as payoffs to keep sexual misconduct accusations under wraps.”
 
* David Wildstein’s latest: “The players at the center of the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal are not finished causing headaches for Gov. Chris Christie.”
 
* Abortion rates have “declined in states where new laws make it harder to have them – but they’ve also waned in states where abortion rights are protected, an Associated Press survey finds. Nearly everywhere, in red states and blue, abortions are down since 2010.”“
 
* Secrecy: “The number of newly created national security secrets dropped to a record low level last year, but the financial costs of protecting classified information increased sharply, according to the latest data from the Information Security Oversight Office.”
 
* A fast-track vote in the House this week should be very close: “Supporters of a controversial trade bill are increasingly confident they can secure the votes needed to pass so-called fast-track legislation when it hits the House floor, which could come as early as this week.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 6.8.15