Monday’s Mini-Report, 9.29.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* An extraordinary scene in Hong Kong: “A wave of protest in Hong Kong further engulfed the city on Monday as thousands of residents defied a government call to abandon street blockades, students boycotted classes and the city’s influential bar association added its condemnation of a police crackdown on protesters.”
 
* Looking ahead: “China’s Communist Party has ample experience extinguishing unrest…. But as he faces massive street demonstrations in Hong Kong pressing for more democracy in the territory, the toolbox of President Xi Jinping of China appears remarkably empty.”
 
* For more background on the clashes in Hong Kong, I found Max Fisher’s explainer very helpful.
 
* Everything about this story keeps getting worse: “The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident.”
 
* Syria: “The Pentagon said on Saturday that it had conducted its first strikes against Islamic State targets in a besieged Kurdish area of Syria along the Turkish border, destroying two armored vehicles in an area that has been the subject of a weeklong onslaught by the Islamic State.”
 
* Casualties: “Eleven air strikes targeted ISIS positions in Syria and Iraq, the U.S. military said Monday – adding that it had no evidence so far of civilian casualties. ‘In Syria, one air strike near Dayr ar Zawr destroyed one [ISIS] armed vehicle while another destroyed an [ISIS] anti-aircraft artillery transport vehicle,’ US Central Command said in a statement.”
 
* Ferguson: “Police in Ferguson, Mo., say they are searching for a suspect who allegedly shot a police officer in the arm late Saturday evening. The shooting occurred in the 1000 block of Smith Avenue not far from the Ferguson Community Center, according to a press release from police.”
 
* Yes means yes: “Students at California universities will all be held to the same standard when it comes to sexual assault and consent, after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a groundbreaking piece of legislation Sunday. The new law will require all schools that receive state funding to adopt an ‘affirmative consent’ standard in their sexual assault policies. This standard, also sometimes called ‘yes means yes,’ requires clear and ongoing consent, rather than just an absence of resistance.”
 
* In case you missed this one, the fact that the 7th Circuit was split on this is significant: “With a competitive election for governor of Wisconsin less than six weeks away, a federal appeals court on Friday narrowly decided against hearing arguments on a recently instituted photo identification requirement for the state’s voters.”
 
* He’s raising an important point: “The widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri exists in too many other communities and is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly on its children, President Barack Obama says. He blames the feeling of wariness on persistent racial disparities in the administration of justice.”
 
* And finally, Americans “have no idea how bad inequality really is.” It’s bad on a jaw-dropping scale, and it’s a real problem.
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 9.29.14