Thursday’s Mini-Report, 4.7.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Panama Papers: “After dodging questions for days, British Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged Thursday evening that he had owned and profited from shares in an offshore trust set up by his late father. The admission came as the impact from a massive leak of financial data continued to ripple across the globe, with Russian President Vladimir Putin alleging a Western conspiracy and Iceland reckoning with the fall of the country’s prime minister.”
 
* Brussels: “Police released new images Thursday showing the so-called man in white behind the Brussels Airport bombing and appealed for help from the public in tracing his escape from the scene of the attack.”
 
* Quite an editorial on Alabama Gov. Bob Bentley’s (R) scandal: “With rumored investigations by state and federal authorities, as well as the intent of the House to investigate impeachable offenses, Alabamians can no longer afford Bentley’s distracting presence. His personal actions have turned the state into a circus…. The only action left for Bentley to alleviate this mess is to resign.”
 
* Flint: “As the Flint water crisis continues to stir public outrage, the state of Michigan is trying to dig its way out from under a pile of lawsuits –  including one that now has the state claiming immunity.”
 
* Every horrible story must have a Florida connection: “The Panama law firm that has helped companies, political leaders and other wealthy individuals hide assets in off-shore accounts has made itself exceedingly difficult to locate in the United States. Mossack Fonseca, the firm whose internal records were hacked and disclosed worldwide Sunday, once listed on its website that it had an office in Miami.”
 
* Mexico: “The rise of Donald Trump and the anti-immigrant wave he is riding in his presidential primary campaign have alarmed the Mexican government so much that it has reshuffled top diplomats and, according to officials, adopted a new strategy – to defend the image of Mexicans abroad.”
 
* I’m noticing an ACA-related pattern: “In the first quarter of 2016, the uninsured rate among all U.S. adults was 11.0%, down from 11.9% in the fourth quarter of 2015. This marks a record low since Gallup and Healthways began tracking the uninsured rate in 2008.”
 
* What a travesty: “For months, federal authorities have hinted at the motive behind the hush-money payments former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has admitted to making: the sexual abuse of a teenage boy when Hastert was still a suburban high school teacher and wrestling coach. But now, a Tribune investigation has uncovered new details of the case – at least four people have made what law enforcement sources say are credible allegations of sexual abuse against Hastert.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 4.7.16