Thursday’s Mini-Report, 3.31.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Another mass shooting: “Two state troopers and a civilian woman were injured during an ‘active shooter’ situation at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond, Virginia, Thursday afternoon, police told NBC News. A suspect was taken into custody, police said, and the three victims were taken to a local hospital.”
 
* Another one: “The Mississippi Senate voted Wednesday evening to pass a religious freedom bill which some say could have sweeping anti-LGBT repercussions for the United States. The Republican-dominated Senate voted 31-17 to pass the controversial bill.”
 
* A rare op-ed from President Obama: “Thursday in Washington, I’ll welcome more than 50 world leaders to our fourth Nuclear Security Summit to advance a central pillar of our Prague Agenda: preventing terrorists from obtaining and using a nuclear weapon. We’ll review our progress, such as successfully ridding more than a dozen countries of highly enriched uranium and plutonium.”
 
* Turkey: “A car bomb killed seven police officers and wounded around two dozen people in Turkey’s Diyarbakir on Thursday, security sources and officials said, a day before the prime minister is due to visit the biggest city in the largely Kurdish southeast.”
 
* Alabama: “Gov. Robert Bentley personally bought multiple inexpensive, disposable cell phones last year at a Best Buy in Tuscaloosa, according to current and former employees of the electronics store.”
 
* Meetings are nice, but they’re more symbolic than substantive: “At least two Senate Republicans plan to meet with Merrick Garland next week, suggesting there’s momentum behind the Democratic campaign to pressure the GOP into at least one-on-one meetings with the Supreme Court nominee, if not an actual confirmation vote this year.”
 
* Guantanamo: “The Pentagon has notified Congress that it intends to resettle nearly a dozen detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility, including a Yemeni man who has been on hunger strike since 2007 and had lost about half his body weight, U.S. officials said.”
 
* Good to see this piece from a Republican congressman, Wisconsin’s James Sensenbrenner: “Ensuring that every eligible voter can cast a ballot without fear, deterrence and prejudice is a basic American right. I would rather lose my job than suppress votes to keep it.” If only more of his GOP colleagues felt the same way.
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 3.31.16