Monday’s Mini-Report, 7.14.14

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Honduras: “A group of families who crossed into the U.S. illegally were flown back to Central America Monday, beginning a wave of deportations that Department of Homeland Security officials said are expected to pick up in ‘coming days and weeks.’”
 
* On the other hand: “The White House said Monday it was ‘likely’ that immigrant children facing mortal danger in their home countries would be allowed to stay in the United States.”
 
* Crisis in Israel: “Egypt presented a cease-fire plan Monday to end a week of heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip that has left at least 185 people dead.”
 
* Afghan diplomacy: “After nearly 12 hours of often tense negotiations, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Saturday that Afghanistan would audit all eight million votes cast in a runoff presidential election last month as part of a deal to end a tense power struggle between the top two candidates.”
 
* Libya: “The United Nations on Monday pulled its staff out of Libya where at least 13 people have been killed in fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi and in Tripoli, forcing the closure of the international airport.”
 
* Ukraine: “Ukraine’s top defense official said Monday that Russia may have shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane, an action that would represent a dramatic new step in the months-long conflict that has engulfed eastern Ukraine.”
 
* Someone wants attention again: “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un flexed his military muscles again Monday as his country fired more than 100 rockets and artillery shells into the sea near the border with South Korea, just a day after firing two ballistic missiles over the peninsula.”
 
* Wall Street: “Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle with the Justice Department over accusations of misdeeds in the lead-up to the financial crisis, including what Attorney General Eric Holder is calling ‘the largest penalty to date of its kind.’ The settlement includes $4 billion in civil penalties, $2.5 billion in aid to consumers, and $500 million in restitution to the FDIC and five states that bought faulty mortgage-bond securities from the banking giant.”
 
* This matters: “The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded seven small earthquakes shaking central Oklahoma in a span of about 14 hours. The temblors are part of an increase in earthquakes across Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas that some scientists say could be connected to the oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, and especially the wells in which the industry disposes of its wastewater.”
 
* Bergdahl: “U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl will reportedly return to active duty, just six weeks after being released from Taliban captivity after five years as a prisoner of war, Defense Department and military officials tell NBC.”
 
* How very odd: “Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan baselessly accused President Obama of ‘us[ing] children’ as ‘pawns’ by deliberately allowing the humanitarian immigration crisis on the border to build in order to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”
 
* Brutal: “Rick Santelli is a longtime presence on CNBC who’s very popular with the commodity traders in Chicago who form the backdrop to his appearances. He’s also a big time inflation fearmonger, always warning about the dire consequences of the Federal Reserve’s latest moves to bolster the economy…. Today, Josh Brown of ReformedBroker.com provoked him into a huge meltdown, after which Steve Liesman absolutely took him to school pointing out that anyone who’d listened to his inflationista advice over the years would have lost a ton of money.”
 
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Monday's Mini-Report, 7.14.14

Updated