Monday’s Mini-Report, 8.15.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Louisiana’s flooding crisis continues: “Louisiana has been deluged by rainfall since last week, with at least seven people dead and thousands of homes damaged by floods. Gov. John Bel Edwards said officials ‘won’t know the death toll for sure for several more days.’ President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state Sunday, freeing up federal aid to support recovery efforts.”
 
* A different kind of crisis in Wisconsin: “The mayor of Milwaukee imposed a 10 p.m. Monday curfew for teenagers after the city was rocked by a second straight night of violent street protests over the fatal police shooting of a local man.”
 
* NYC: “Police were questioning a suspect early Monday in the brazen broad-daylight killings over the weekend of a local imam and his assistant in New York City, sources told NBC News. The man, who police say matched a description of the shooter, was detained while returning to a vehicle near the scene of the killings, the sources said.”
 
* Syria: “U.S.-backed fighters have liberated the Syrian town of Manbij from ISIS, observers and Syrian-Kurdish officials said Saturday as dazed residents reportedly described their terror at the hands of militants.”
 
* ISIS: “The leader of the Islamic State branch that operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan was killed in an American airstrike on July 26 in eastern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Friday. It was the United States military’s second killing of an anti-American Islamist militant leader in the region in the past three months.”
 
* Socialism: “U.S. stocks hit record highs on Monday as traders remained buoyant and oil prices ticked upward.”
 
* Regulations can make quite a difference: “While the earth continues to shudder more frequently than seven years ago beneath Oklahomans feet, the rate of earthquakes in the state in 2016 is down from last year…. Increased regulation on wastewater disposal related to oil and gas extraction could be one reason behind the decline, said Robert Williams, a geophysicist at the United States Geological Survey.”
 
* Honduras: “How the Most Dangerous Place on Earth Got Safer: Programs funded by the United States are helping transform Honduras.”
 
* Fox News’ leadership shake-up: “21st Century Fox Inc. Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch tapped two Fox News veterans as co-presidents of the cable news network following the departure of Roger Ailes, who resigned as the network’s chief executive last month amid allegations he sexually harassed employees.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 8.15.16