Thursday’s Mini-Report, 4.30.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Baltimore: “Baltimore City Police have turned over evidence to the Baltimore City State’s Attorney in its investigation into the death of Freddie Gray…. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts told reporters the findings of a police task force was turned over to State;s Attorney Marilyn Mosby at 8:50 this morning.”
 
* Related news: “Baltimore police arrested Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died of a severe spinal injury a week after being taken into custody, for the alleged possession of a switchblade, according to a charging document obtained by msnbc.”
 
* An incredible story out of Nepal: “Five days had passed since an earthquake devastated Nepal, and rescue teams had largely given up hope of finding anyone else alive among the piles of brick and broken concrete in Katmandu. Then on Thursday, in a part of the city dense with cheap hotels and shops, rescuers turned off a mechanical shovel and – in the relative silence – heard a cry.”
 
* Wow: “The American Psychological Association secretly collaborated with the administration of President George W. Bush to bolster a legal and ethical justification for the torture of prisoners swept up in the post-Sept. 11 war on terror, according to a new report by a group of dissident health professionals and human rights activists.”
 
* Climate crisis: “Climate change could drive to extinction as many as one in six animal and plant species, according to a new analysis.”
 
* Kansas: “On April 7, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signed a bill outlawing the most commonly used abortion method for women in their second trimester. Kansas is the first state to pass such a ban, which doctors say may force women into choosing more dangerous forms of abortion. The moment was historic – so historic, that on Tuesday, Brownback took a victory lap around the state, signing the bill again in four separate private ceremonial re-enactments. Each location was at or near a Catholic school, so children could attend.”
 
* Oh, Tom Cotton, what are we going to do with you: “Less than 24 hours after Republican Sen. Tom Cotton shared an insanely adorable photo of his just-born son Gabriel, snug in that wide-striped hospital-issued swaddle cloth, the Arkansas lawmaker went after the Iranian foreign minister on Twitter. For Cotton, there is simply nothing that will keep him from the Iran debate. Though to be fair, Javad Zarif, Iran’s top diplomat, started it – this time.”
 
* True to form: “House Republicans on Wednesday night abruptly pulled their first spending bill of the year off the floor after it became clear that a bipartisan amendment to strike part of a multibillion-dollar Pentagon budget increase might actually pass.”
 
* Capital punishment: “Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party, under pressure from a eurosceptic right, said on Wednesday it wanted to raise the question of a possible reintroduction of the death penalty with its European Union partners. A European Parliament member dismissed the idea as barbaric, while the Council of Europe said it saw worrisome populist trends in Hungary continuing.”
 
* 20 and counting: “Republican activist and consultant Peter Schweizer’s new book Clinton Cash, obtained by Media Matters ahead of its publication date, is a trainwreck of sloppy research and shoddy reporting that contains over 20 errors, fabrications, and distortions.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 4.30.15