Thursday’s Mini-Report, 1.8.15

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Paris: “Dozens of police officers armed with automatic weapons descended on a quiet French town Thursday in a frantic search for the two brothers suspected of brutally killing 12 people at the Paris offices of the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo.”
 
* Disheartening: “Several French mosques were attacked following the killing of 12 people at the office of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, according to reports.”
 
* If the reports out of Nigeria are true, it’s arguably the biggest story in the world: “More than 2,000 people are unaccounted for after radical Islamist sect Boko Haram torched more than 10 towns and villages in Nigeria, a local lawmaker told NBC News.”
 
* TRIA: “The Senate approved legislation Thursday to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk
Insurance Act for six years, over the objections of some Democrats who criticized a provision they said would weaken Wall Street regulations. The bill, which cleared the House a day earlier, passed the upper chamber on a 93-4 vote.”
 
* Tamir Rice case: “Previously unreleased surveillance footage surrounding the police shooting of a boy in Cleveland shows authorities forcing the young victim’s 14-year-old sister to the ground, handcuffing her and putting her in a patrol car.”
 
* Maybe Ebola wasn’t the virus Americans should have panicked about: “The flu has already killed at least 21 children this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Just a little more than a month ago, the CDC warned that this season could be an especially bad one. January or February are usually the worst months for flu reports, so it’s possible that flu season will only get worse.”
 
* North Korea: “The F.B.I.’s director, James B. Comey, said on Wednesday that the United States had concluded that North Korea was behind the destructive attacks on Sony Pictures partly because the hackers failed to mask their location when they broke into the company’s servers, Michael S. Schmidt, Nicole Perlroth and Matthew Goldstein report.”
 
* This can help a lot of people: “The White House announced Wednesday that the Federal Housing Administration will significantly lower the fees it charges borrowers, a move designed to save individual home buyers hundreds of dollars annually and help jump-start the housing market.”
 
* He’s right: “President Barack Obama is warning Americans that cheap gas prices won’t last indefinitely, and he’s standing by his support of small, fuel-efficient vehicles.”
 
* Bureaucratic delay: “The Obama administration on Wednesday said it would delay for months a final rule to control carbon dioxide emissions at new coal-fired power plants, thwarting for now one way the Republican-controlled Congress could have blocked the administration’s plans on global warming.”
 
* The last of 10 defendants to plead guilty: “The two remaining defendants among a group of young white Mississippians charged with carrying out racially motivated attacks on African-Americans in Jackson in 2011 pleaded guilty Wednesday to violations of the federal hate-crime law, with one of them admitting his role in the killing of a 47-year-old man.”
 
* SOTU preview: “Taking credit for a spate of good economic news and boasting of more to come, President Obama kicked off a three-state tour Wednesday hoping to prove that Republicans’ rise to power in the Capitol this week will not push him to the sidelines. Speaking at an auto plant outside Detroit, Obama declared that not only is the American auto industry on the mend, but so is the U.S. economy.”
 
* Maryland’s Kirby Delauter made national headlines for a reason, but now he’s sorry: “Frederick County Councilman Kirby Delauter today issued the following statement apologizing for his recent threat to sue a Frederick News-Post reporter for using his name in print without permission.”
 
* When CNN’s Don Lemon asked a Muslim human rights attorney if he supports terrorists – his exact words were, “Do you support ISIS?” – it was as cringe-worthy as it sounds.
 
* What a great correction: “An earlier version of this article misstated the name of the country whose army chased Tommy Caldwell’s kidnappers. As other references correctly noted, Caldwell was in Kyrgyzstan, not Kyrzbekistan, which does not exist.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 1.8.15

Updated