Monday’s Mini-Report, 8.22.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Louisiana: “Twenty-two districts across a vast swath of southern Louisiana were forced to close last week by a historic flood, delaying or interrupting the start of the school year for tens of thousands of children.” Some will remain closed indefinitely.
 
* Legal setback: “A federal judge on Sunday blocked the Obama administration from enforcing new guidelines that were intended to expand restroom access for transgender students across the country.”
 
* Virginia: “During a noon ceremony at the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial on Capitol Square, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that he has restored the rights of more than 13,000 felons on a case-by-case basis. The governor also detailed his rights-restoration process for other felons who have completed their terms.”
 
* Turkey: “The wedding on Saturday night was winding down, and some guests had already left. But the music was still playing and people were still dancing in the narrow streets of Gaziantep, a city not far from the Syrian border. Just then a child – no more than 14 years old, Turkey’s president said later – meandered into the gathering and detonated a vest of explosives.”
 
* The virtues of discretion: “A week after allowing Russian planes to fly bombing runs into Syria from a base inside its borders, Iran reversed course on Monday and withdrew permission for the flights, complaining that the Kremlin had been too public about the arrangement.”
 
* Arizona: “A federal judge on Friday referred Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and three of his aides to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, requesting that they be prosecuted for criminal contempt of court.”
 
* Supreme Court: “For those envisioning a line of moving vans at the Supreme Court and a new president immediately reordering life at the marble palace, this small splash of cold water: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 83, has already hired the four clerks who will assist her through June 2018.”
 
* China’s first overseas military outpost: “It was February this year when camel drivers first spotted the Chinese troops staking out a patch of coastal scrubland about 8 miles from the largest U.S. military base in Africa. Chinese navy ships had visited this tiny East African nation before. They sometimes picked up supplies in the old French port, farther down the arid coast, during antipiracy patrols off Somalia. This time, the Chinese military was here to stay.”
 
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Monday's Mini-Report, 8.22.16