Monday’s Mini-Report, 7.27.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* The mission against ISIS gets a boost: “Turkey and the United States have agreed in general terms on a plan that envisions American warplanes, Syrian insurgents and Turkish forces working together to sweep Islamic State militants from a 60-mile-long strip of northern Syria along the Turkish border, American and Turkish officials say.”
 
* Complicating matters: “Turkish jets struck camps belonging to Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, authorities said Saturday, the first strike since a 2013 peace deal as Ankara also bombed ISIS positions in Syria.”
 
* An important message: “The US president, Barack Obama, has launched an unprecedented defense of gay rights in Africa, telling Kenya’s president that the state has no right to punish people because of ‘who they love.’”
 
* Trouble ahead: “Congress will fall off a fiscal cliff in four days if it fails to come to a consensus on how to fund the nation’s transportation infrastructure.  House Republicans are urging the Senate to take up legislation they passed three weeks ago that would extend the Highway Trust Fund for five months, while the upper chamber continues to push forward with a three-year funding fix.”
 
* Louisiana: “The gunman who opened fire in a Louisiana movie theater should not have been allowed to legally buy the gun he used to kill two people and injure nine because of his mental history, Gov. Bobby Jindal said Sunday.”
 
* Alaska: “The staggering 2015 Alaska wildfire season may soon be the state’s worst ever, with almost 5 million acres already burned – an area larger than Connecticut. The pace of the burn has moderated in the last week, but scientists say the fires are just the latest indicator of a climatic transformation that is remaking this state – its forests, its coasts, its glaciers, and perhaps most of all, the frozen ground beneath – more than any other in America.”
 
* Boston: “Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over. The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference Monday, USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky told The Associated Press.”
 
* Senate drama, Part I: “The Senate opened Sunday with a reading by the Senate President Pro Tem Orrin G. Hatch of the Senate’s rules of decorum, in an apparent rebuke of Sen. Ted Cruz calling Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar on Friday. And things got more personal from there.”
 
* Senate drama, Part II: “In a pair of losses for conservatives, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Sunday to revive the Export-Import Bank while failing to overcome a filibuster of an attempt to repeal Obamacare – with more fireworks to come.”
 
* As if he weren’t in enough trouble: “Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who is facing criminal charges over allegedly hiding cash payments to cover up reported sexual impropriety, suffered a separate legal setback Thursday when a federal judge revived a lawsuit charging that Hastert misused taxpayer money.”
 
* Just how badly did the New York Times screw up its story last week on Hillary Clinton’s emails? The paper’s public editor, Margaret Sullivan, takes a closer look.
 
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Monday's Mini-Report, 7.27.15