Monday’s Mini-Report, 8.3.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Additional support for the Iran deal: “Persian Gulf monarchies issued a cautious endorsement on Monday of the accord Secretary of State John Kerry negotiated last month to constrain Iran’s nuclear program.”
 
* Turkey: “Kurdish rebels on Sunday detonated an explosives-laden agricultural vehicle at a military police station in eastern Turkey, killing two soldiers and wounding 31 others, authorities said, amid a sharp escalation of violence between the government forces and the autonomy-seeking insurgents.”
 
* Puerto Rico “defaulted on its full payment of its bonds for the first time in the commonwealth government’s history.”
 
* TPP: “High-level talks to forge a ­12-nation trade deal spanning the Pacific broke up Friday without resolving contentious disputes over Canadian dairy tariffs, the protection of cutting-edge drugs known as ‘biologics’ and Japanese access to the North American automobile market.”
 
* Paid sick leave: “Pittsburgh City Council on Monday approved an ordinance requiring city employers to give employees paid sick days, despite opposition from business owners and organizations who have promised a lawsuit challenging the legislation.”
 
* Gun debate: “An emotional Amy Schumer appeared with her second cousin once removed – Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer – at a joint press conference on Monday to promote new legislation on gun control, in the wake of a deadly shooting at a screening of her film ‘Trainwreck’ in a Louisiana movie theater last month.”
 
* Baltimore, as of Friday: “Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.”
 
* Baltimore, as of today: “Fresh off its deadliest month in 43 years, Baltimore saw 11 people shot – and two of them killed – in the first two days of August.”
 
* Shooting in a Mississippi courthouse: “A Canton man is charged with murder after pulling up to the Madison County Courthouse and allegedly shooting another man in the chest point-blank before a hearing Monday morning, officials said.”
 
* Nick Kristof highlights the irony of GOP lawmakers going after Title X: “To appreciate the dumbing down of American politics, consider this: Conservative Republicans, indignant about abortion, are trying to destroy a government program that helps prevent 345,000 abortions a year.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 8.3.15