Thursday’s Mini-Report, 1.28.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Hmm:  ”In January of 2015, when state officials were telling worried Flint residents their water was safe to drink, they also were arranging for coolers of purified water in Flint’s State Office Building so employees wouldn’t have to drink from the taps, according to state government e-mails released Thursday by the liberal group Progress Michigan.

* Just four people? “Four anti-government holdouts remain in the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in Eastern Oregon, and they will end the standoff if the government agrees not to prosecute one who is wanted on a felony warrant, a member of the group said Thursday.”
 
* Related news from a newly filed FBI affidavit: “The day the occupation of the wildlife refuge began, the affidavit stated, an agent with the Bureau of Land Management said he was told by a county sheriff’s officer that the group in control of the refuge ‘had explosives, night vision goggles, and weapons and that if they didn’t get the fight they wanted out there they would bring the fight to town.’”
 
* Alarm from WHO: “The World Health Organization rang a global alarm over the Zika virus on Thursday, saying the disease was ‘spreading explosively’ in the Americas and that as many as four million people could be infected by the end of the year.”
 
* It sounds like he was suggesting vigilantism: “One day Maine’s governor is talking about using the guillotine on drug dealers. The next, he’s talking about using guns. Gov. Paul LePage told reporters Wednesday that Mainers are allowed to carry concealed handguns and added: ‘Load up and get rid of the drug dealers.’ LePage later said he wasn’t suggesting vigilantism.”
 
* Um, what? “For more than two years, the Navy’s intelligence chief has been stuck with a major handicap: He’s not allowed to know any secrets. Vice Adm. Ted ‘Twig’ Branch has been barred from reading, seeing or hearing classified information since November 2013, when the Navy learned from the Justice Department that his name had surfaced in a giant corruption investigation involving a foreign defense contractor and scores of Navy personnel.”
 
* Speaking of the military: “The Defense Department is set to announce it will allow new moms 12 weeks of maternity leave as part of its Force of the Future initiative, a doubling of the Army and Air Force policy of six weeks but cutting what’s now allowed for sailors and Marines.”
 
* That settles that: “White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Thursday threw cold water on the idea President Obama would accept an appointment to the Supreme Court after he leaves office.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 1.28.16