Monday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* The crisis in Nairobi, where Al Shabaab gunmen stormed a Kenyan mall, killing more than 60 people, is ongoing.

* The death toll was even higher in Pakistan, where two suicide bombers rushed into a Christian church over the weekend and killed at least 85 people.

* Egypt: “An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood and the confiscation of its assets, sharply escalating a broad crackdown on the group in the three months since the military ousted its ally, Mohamed Morsi, from the presidency.”

* More signs of diplomatic progress: “Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to meet with Iran’s foreign minister on Thursday at the United Nations, the Associated Press reports.”

* Mexico: “Emergency crews in Mexico continued to search for victims of Hurricanes Manuel and Ingrid on Sunday after the death toll from the storms that battered the coast of Mexico this week rose to at least 110.”

* The mass hunger strike among detainees at Guantanamo Bay appears to have ended.

* Multiple reports suggest Janet Yellen is “the exclusive front-runner to run the Federal Reserve.”

* The FBI’s new director, James Comey, begins with a lot on his plate. Near the top of his troubles are painful and unnecessary budget cuts: “By Oct. 1, Comey must find about $800 million in savings out of an annual FBI budget of about $8.1 billion. Layoffs and furloughs appear inevitable.”

* Dr. Prabhjot Singh, a Columbia University professor and practicing physician, was attacked by more than dozen young men over the weekend who accused him of being a terrorist. Sing is a Sikh-American.

* Last week, the right insisted Warren Buffett opposes the Affordable Care Act. The claim was immediately and thoroughly debunked. And yet, over the weekend, there was Rep Tom Graves (R-Ga.) repeating the falsehood on a Sunday show, where the lie went unchecked.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Monday's Mini-Report