Thursday’s Mini-Report, 4.2.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* The death toll in Kenya has climbed throughout the day: “At least 147 people were killed after an elite al Qaeda-linked terror unit stormed a college campus in Kenya and targeted Christians on Thursday, Kenyan and U.S. officials said.” Somalia’s al Shabab terror group claimed responsibility.
 
* Indiana: “A proposed fix to Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was met with mixed reactions on Thursday, exactly one week after the state’s Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill into law and unleashed an avalanche of national scorn.”
 
* As conditions in Yemen deteriorate, al Qaeda “broke out 300 people from the central prison in al-Mukallah, looted the building and killed two prison guards.” That’s a very serious development.
 
* Iraq: “Although the government’s declaration that Tikrit was completely liberated may be somewhat premature – with Islamic State militants still holed up and fighting in neighborhoods to the north – the advances are considerable.”
 
* Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) will replace Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), at least for now, as the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
 
* Michigan: “With the national furor swirling around Indiana’s recent decision, Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday that he will veto a Religious Freedom Restoration Act bill if it makes it to his desk” (thanks to my colleague Laura Conaway for the heads-up).
 
* New York bomb plot: “Two women living in Queens have been charged with planning to build a bomb that they wanted to detonate in the United States.”
 
* 30 years is a very long time: “An Alabama inmate who spent nearly 30 years on death row will go free Friday after prosecutors told a court there is not enough evidence to link him to the 1985 murders he was convicted of committing.”
 
* Exceptionalism: “The United States is the fifth biggest executioner in the world, despite the process reaching an all-time low in the country last year, according to Amnesty International.”
 
* I’d forgotten this was still an open question: “Federal prosecutors have concluded that Lois Lerner, a former Internal Revenue Service official, should not be charged for refusing to answer questions before a congressional committee about the agency’s improper treatment of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.”
 
* Add this to the list of discredited ACA predictions from the right: “About 14 million Americans have gained health coverage since Obamacare’s insurance expansion began in 2014 – but those new enrollees haven’t swamped the nation’s doctors’ offices, new research shows.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 4.2.15