Thursday’s Mini-Report, 1.21.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Guantanamo’s population is down to 91: “Two long-held prisoners have been freed from Guantanamo Bay and sent to Europe for resettlement, the Pentagon said Thursday, capping a monthlong flurry of releases that was unexpectedly reduced by one when one of the men refused at the last minute to leave the U.S. base in Cuba.”
 
* Holtzclaw sentenced: “A former Oklahoma City police officer who was found guilty of raping more than a dozen women while on duty was sentenced to 263 years in prison on Thursday. According to NBC’s Oklahoma City station KFOR, a judge sentenced Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, to 263 years in prison.”
 
* Syria: “U.S. special operations troops have reportedly taken over an airfield in northeastern Syria, potentially clearing the way to flow more American military support to friendly militias fighting the Islamic State group.”
 
* Investigation: “A high-profile British inquiry into the poisoning of Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former K.G.B. officer turned critic of the Kremlin, concluded in a report released on Thursday that his murder ‘was probably approved’ by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and the head of the country’s spy service.”
 
* Wall Street: “After some early losses, U.S. stocks bounced back Thursday, potentially offering investors a brief respite from the rocky trading that has already wiped out trillions in market value over the past few weeks.”
 
* Linda Greenhouse takes Justice Antonin Scalia to task over his partisan posturing on public-sector unions: “[W]hat we have here are the majority’s policy preferences conveniently clad in First Amendment armor. But even the best armor is vulnerable, and as the court strides recklessly into a danger zone, I’m left with Justice Breyer’s question: What’s the country to think?”
 
* DOJ: “The Justice Department’s pardon attorney – charged with overseeing the review of clemency petitions from federal inmates – is stepping down at the end of January because she is frustrated by a lack of resources for one of the president’s centerpiece criminal-justice initiatives, according to people close to her.”
 
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Thursday's Mini-Report, 1.21.16