Monday’s Mini-Report, 7.11.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Today’s mass shooting: “Two court bailiffs were killed Monday afternoon when gunfire rang out at a southwestern Michigan courthouse, authorities said. The gunman was later killed…. A sheriff’s deputy was also shot, and a civilian was wounded, he said.”
 
* Weekend protests: “Hundreds of protesters were arrested across the country and 21 cops injured in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Saturday night as demonstrations continued nationwide over police violence. Around 102 protesters were taken into custody in Saint Paul, while more than 100 people were arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police in both cities said.”
 
* Prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson “was among more than 100 protesters arrested Saturday night during demonstrations over the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was taken into custody while walking along the side of the Airline Highway with fellow protesters and later charged with ‘simple obstruction of highway commerce,’ according to court records.”
 
* Iraq: “The U.S. will deploy an additional 560 troops to Iraq within the next few weeks, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday. Carter made the announcement during an unannounced visit to Baghdad, saying the troops will deploy for infrastructure and logistical support at Qayara airfield south of Mosul.”
 
* He probably shouldn’t think too much about his legacy: “Theresa May promised to build a ‘better Britain’ and to make the UK’s EU exit a ‘success’ after she was announced as the new Tory leader and soon-to-be PM. Speaking outside Parliament, Mrs May said she was ‘honoured and humbled’ to succeed David Cameron, after her only rival in the race withdrew on Monday. Mr Cameron will tender his resignation to the Queen … on Wednesday.”
 
* Guantanamo’s prison population is down to 76 people, 27 of whom have been approved for transfer: “The Obama administration said Monday that it had transferred two longtime detainees from the United States military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to Serbia. The announcement came one day after officials disclosed the transfer of a prisoner to Italy, suggesting that all three former detainees left on the same plane.”
 
* North Korea “appeared to have unsuccessfully fired a missile from a submarine Saturday, just a day after Washington and Seoul agreed to deploy an advanced missile-defense system in South Korea to counter Pyongyang’s threats.”
 
* Alabama: Michael G. Hubbard, the former speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives who was convicted in a state trial last month on 12 counts of corruption, was sentenced on Friday to four years in prison plus probation and $210,000 in fines.
 
* Oh, Congress: “Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) has a measure blocking EPA officials from using airplanes for official travel. Hudson also offered an amendment disarming EPA’s small contingent of enforcement agents, a notion opposed by many national law enforcement groups.”
 
* The number of accusers raising sexual harassment allegations against Fox News’ Roger Ailes, continues to grow.
 
* Imagining a Donald Trump presidency, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she’s reminded of something her late husband would have said: “Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 7.11.16