Thursday’s Mini-Report, 10.30.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Kaci Hickox: “The nurse who has been (technically) quarantined in Maine because she treated Ebola patients went for a leisurely bike ride Thursday morning, following through on her vow to ignore the voluntary quarantine order.”
 
* The story isn’t over: “Several hours after the bike outing, Gov. Paul LePage said that efforts to negotiate with Hickox had failed. Citing confidentiality laws, he did not specify his next steps. But his office pledged in a statement: ‘The governor will exercise the full extent of his authority allowable by law.’”
 
* Pakistan: “An American drone strike killed at least six militants early Thursday in the South Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan, a senior Pakistani security official said.”
 
* Syria: “More than 1,000 foreign fighters are streaming into Syria each month, a rate that has so far been unchanged by airstrikes against the Islamic State and efforts by other countries to stem the flow of departures, according to U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials.”
 
* Israel: “Under heavy pressure and the threat of new Israeli-Palestinian strife, Israel announced on Thursday that it would reopen a contested holy site in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday morning, a day after closing it for the first time in years.”
 
* And speaking of Israel: “Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, prompting a strong protest from Israel, which swiftly withdrew its ambassador from Stockholm.”
 
* In still more news about Israel: “Secretary of State John Kerry is condemning remarks from an administration official who labeled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as ‘chickens**t,’ calling the comment ‘disgraceful’ and ‘damaging.’”
 
* Wall Street: “It would be the Wall Street equivalent of a parole violation: Just two years after avoiding prosecution for a variety of crimes, some of the world’s biggest banks are suspected of having broken their promises to behave.”
 
* Broun’s career ending on a controversial note: “The bipartisan Office of Congressional Ethics has voted unanimously to pursue ethics charges against U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, Republican from Georgia. Broun, a self-styled champion of small government who claims to be guided by ‘Judeo-Christian Biblical principles,’ is alleged to have misused $43,000 in taxpayer money to hire a consultant to coach him in public speaking, media interviews and debate tactics in preparation for his 2014 run for the U.S. Senate. According to OCE, such an arrangement would be ‘in violation of House rules and federal law.’”
 
* It’s not an unreasonable question: “Why can’t the media give Obama credit for crisis management?”
 
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Thursday's Mini-Report, 10.30.14