Monday’s Mini-Report, 7.13.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* EuroSummit: “Forced by his nation’s creditors into broad new concessions to avert financial collapse, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece returned home on Monday with just days to sell the deal to fractured lawmakers and a dazed electorate.”
 
* Afghanistan: “A suicide car bomber killed at least 25 people and wounded 15 on Sunday outside a United States base in Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Khost, the site of a suicide attack in 2009 that left seven C.I.A. operatives dead.”
 
* An important step: “President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 inmates currently serving long prison terms for non-violent drug offenses, saying in a video released on Monday that their punishments didn’t fit their crimes…. In his announcement on Monday, Obama said now is the time to push for bipartisan criminal justice reform.”
 
* Mexico: “Mexican authorities searched frantically on Monday for the notorious drug kingpin known as ‘El Chapo’ – but there was no sign of him more than 24 hours after his astonishing, elaborate escape from a maximum-security prison.”
 
* Defense Department: “Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press.”
 
* South Carolina: “The NAACP on Saturday said it has voted to end the organization’s 15-year boycott of South Carolina, a day after the Confederate battle flag came down from the Statehouse grounds in Columbia. The civil rights organization said in a tweet that its national board of directors passed an emergency resolution to end the boycott, which has been in effect since 2000.”
 
* A rare, bipartisan vote: “The House passed the 21st Century Cures Act Friday with a resounding 344-77 vote, despite worries that a last-minute amendment might derail support. The Cures Act, which reauthorizes the National Institutes of Health through 2018, is a bipartisan bill designed to promote breakthroughs in medical research with $2 billion in mandatory annual spending.”
 
* An odd move in New York: “The administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo agreed on Friday to suspend a plan to require background checks on ammunition sales, putting in doubt part of the gun control law that he considers one of his proudest legacies.”
 
* Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) admits he was wrong about the interim, 2013 nuclear framework with Iran. He nevertheless wants to be seen as credible when condemning the unannounced 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.
 
* So great: “President Obama gave a shout out to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, noting she goes by the nickname ‘the Notorious RBG.’”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 7.13.15