Monday’s Mini-Report, 8.31.15

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* ISIS: “Turkey has launched its first wave of airstrikes as part of the United States-led coalition to fight the Islamic State, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement Saturday.”
 
* Texas: “Authorities have arrested a suspect in the ‘execution-style’ shooting of a uniformed Texas sheriff’s deputy. Shannon J. Miles, 30, has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren H. Goforth, officials said Saturday afternoon.”
 
* Texas: “A statue of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, was taken down from its pedestal outside the clock tower on the University of Texas at Austin campus on Sunday, after a legal appeal to keep the memorial in place was rejected.”
 
* New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran (R) was charged late last week with “embezzlement, fraud and other criminal violations, including allegations that the high-ranking Republican diverted campaign contributions for her personal use.”
 
* Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) both endorsed the international nuclear agreement with Iran today, bringing the deal that much closer to congressional success.
 
* On a related note, this is deeply unfortunate for Democratic politics: “Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz prevented consideration of a resolution at the party’s summer meeting here that praised President Obama and offered backing for the nuclear agreement with Iran, according to knowledgeable Democrats.”
 
* Ya don’t say: “Experts in government secrecy law see almost no possibility of criminal action against Hillary Clinton or her top aides in connection with now-classified information sent over unsecure email while she was secretary of state, based on the public evidence thus far.”
 
* Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s (R) legal troubles really are a sight to behold.
 
* James Fallows hears from a reader who raises an important point: “The discussion of Middle Eastern issues in the US has become so toxic that it pushes away people with diverse interests…. The Israeli-American relationship won’t be healthy if among younger generations, the best foreign policy thinkers actively don’t want to deal with Israeli issues.”
 
* Former Sens. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) offer some useful history for current lawmakers: “During the Cold War both Republican and Democratic presidents accepted less-than-perfect arms pacts with the Soviets. We need to do the same with Iran.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 8.31.15

Updated