Thursday’s Mini-Report, 12.17.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Martin Shkreli: “The pharma boss who became infamous after hiking the price of an HIV-related drug by 5,000 percent was arrested Thursday by the FBI, prosecutors said, accusing him of orchestrating a ‘trifecta of lies, deceit and greed.’”
 
* San Bernardino: “Federal prosecutors have decided to bring criminal charges against the friend and former neighbor of one of the San Bernardino shooters.”
 
* Denmark: “In recent months, Denmark has taken a fairly harsh stance toward refugees…. Now, the country is debating another and even more extreme step: The government is considering a law that would allow authorities to confiscate jewelry from refugees entering the country. The proposal is almost certain to pass Parliament.”
 
* A striking statistic: “For the first time in more than 60 years, firearms and automobiles are killing Americans at an identical rate, according to new mortality data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
 
* Jeez, another private-email story? “Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter relied on a personal email account to conduct a portion of his government business during his first months at the Pentagon, according to White House and Defense Department officials and copies of Mr. Carter’s emails obtained by The New York Times.”
 
* Worth keeping an eye on: “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday she’s unsure whether the $1.1 trillion year-end government spending bill will pass the House — despite support from President Obama and congressional leaders in both parties and chambers.”
 
* David Ignatius: “In fighting the Islamic State, Obama is a tortoise and the GOP is harebrained.”
 
* And if you missed Rachel’s segment last night, this really is an amazing media story: “Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire casino magnate and Republican power broker who spent more than $100 million in the last election cycle, is behind the secret purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, according to the newspaper.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 12.17.15