Thursday’s Mini-Report, 4.28.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Syria: “The U.S. blamed the Syrian government Thursday for a direct airstrike on an Aleppo hospital that killed more than a dozen doctors and patients. Two of the eight doctors working at the Al Quds hospital, which is located in rebel-held Aleppo and specializes in treating children, were killed in Wednesday’s air attack, the Doctors Without Borders medical charity reported.”
 
* Afghanistan: “A senior U.S. official says that about 16 U.S. military personnel, including one general officer, have been disciplined for mistakes that led to the bombing of a civilian hospital in Afghanistan last year that killed 42 people.”
 
* A surprise in Iraq: “Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq Thursday for a visit intended to help resolve a political crisis that’s hindering efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. Biden flew overnight from Washington to the Iraqi capital.”
 
* San Bernardino: “Federal officials say warrants were issued on Thursday in relation to the deadly San Bernardino mass shooting and that the new charges are not terrorism related. According to the U.S. Attorney’s California office, three people with family connections to Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the shooters in the deadly terrorist attack at the San Bernardino Inland Regional Center in December were arrested this morning on federal conspiracy, marriage fraud and false statement charges.”
 
* Smart move: “The Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate unchanged after meeting in Washington on Wednesday afternoon, and officials offered little new guidance for when they might be ready to raise it again.”
 
* Another smart move: “Most inmates in halfway houses after release from prison will be eligible for Medicaid benefits under a new federal policy announced Thursday. The change, part of a larger push by the Obama administration to help former inmates or reduce sentences, means nearly 100,000 people in halfway houses in states where they would be eligible for Medicaid should soon have access to health care, mental health and substance abuse treatment.”
 
* A not-at-all-smart move: “Tennessee on Wednesday became the latest red state to adopt a controversial ‘religious freedom’ measure, this one allowing counselors and therapists to deny service to a patient if doing so were to conflict with the counselor’s ‘sincerely held principles.’”
 
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Thursday's Mini-Report, 4.28.16