Thursday’s Mini-Report, 3.5.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* South Korea: “U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Mark Lippert was attacked in Seoul on Thursday morning local time in an encounter that left him bleeding heavily. He is in stable condition after being treated at a local hospital…. The assailant was wielding a razor and shouted ‘South and North Korea should be reunified,’ the Associated Press reported.”
 
* Yet another ISIS tragedy: “Iraq’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities says Islamic State militants ‘bulldozed’ the Nimrud archaeological site near the northern city of Mosul using heavy military vehicles.”
 
* Baghdad: “Insurgents unleashed a series of attacks mostly targeting civilian areas in and around the Iraqi capital on Thursday, killing at least 16, as Islamic State militants in the country’s north set oil wells ablaze in an attempt to slow government forces battling to reclaim territory.”
 
* Quite a story out of Argentina: “The ex-wife of a prosecutor whose mysterious death has rocked Argentina said a team of experts she hired has concluded that her former husband was killed. Sandra Arroyo Salgado said Thursday in a press conference that her husband ‘was a victim of homicide, without any doubt.’”
 
* More from New Jersey on tonight’s show: “The administration of Gov. Chris Christie offered details for the first time on Thursday about its settlement of a longstanding legal battle with Exxon Mobil Corporation over contamination in which the company agreed to pay a fraction of the damages that the State of New Jersey was seeking.”
 
* That’s pretty amazing, actually: “Unemployment fell in every state and the nation’s capital last year – something that hadn’t happened since 1984.”
 
* Strange bedfellows: “At a time when President Obama is under political pressure from congressional Republicans over negotiations to rein in Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, a startling paradox has emerged: Mr. Obama is becoming increasingly dependent on Iranian fighters as he tries to contain the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria without committing American ground troops.”
 
* Alabama: “The curtain abruptly fell Wednesday on Alabama’s brief experiment in same-sex marriage. Across the state, all 48 county probate offices that had been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples decided they could no longer do so, according to a survey by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group.”
 
* Oh my: “A Republican-led Tennessee legislative committee failed to extend funding Wednesday for the state’s Economic Council on Women, with some of the lawmakers asking why there isn’t a similar council for men.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 3.5.15