Thursday’s Mini-Report, 6.11.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Cleveland: “A Cleveland Municipal Court judge has found probable cause that police officer Timothy Loehmann should face murder and other charges in the slaying of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.”
 
* Iraq: “The United States is considering establishing a new network of American military bases in Iraq to aid in the fight against the Islamic State, senior military and administration officials said Thursday, potentially deepening American involvement in the country amid setbacks for Iraqi forces on the battlefield.”
 
* Cyber-security, Part I: “Hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee, a government worker union said Thursday, charging that the cyberattack on U.S. employee data is far worse than the Obama administration has acknowledged.”
 
* Cyber-security, Part II: “On the heels of a massive breach of personnel records of federal employees, the Senate failed Thursday to advance a cybersecurity measure, the third time in three years that a bipartisan effort to tackle the problem has fallen short.”
 
* Deficit: “The U.S. budget deficit narrowed further in May as revenue continued to rise faster than expenses have in the past year, the Treasury Department said Wednesday…. In the past 12 months, the budget deficit has fallen to $412 billion, down from $460 billion in April and $491 billion a year earlier. That marks the lowest 12-month deficit since August 2008.”
 
* Scott Walker awaits: “Amid a lengthy and wrenching debate, the Wisconsin Senate passed a Republican-backed bill Tuesday to ban abortions after 20 weeks from fertilization.”
 
* Maine: “Gov. Paul LePage has largely fulfilled his promise to veto bills with Democratic sponsors, but the Legislature isn’t playing along. Lawmakers voted to override the governor nine out of 10 times Tuesday and Wednesday.”
 
* The Ex-Im Bank’s future just got a little brighter: “The Senate made it loud and clear on Wednesday that a bipartisan majority wants the Export-Import Bank to survive past June 30, when the federal agency’s authorization expires.”
 
* An uncertain future: “Twitter CEO Dick Costolo will step down on July 1 and be replaced temporarily with founder Jack Dorsey, the company announced on Thursday. Costolo will continue to serve on Twitter’s board of directors. Dorsey will serve as interim CEO until a replacement is found.”
 
* This story came with a striking map: “When it comes to family arrangements, the United States has a North-South divide. Children growing up across much of the northern part of the country are much more likely to grow up with two parents than children across the South.”
 
* End of an era: “Rupert Murdoch, the 84-year-old chief executive officer and controlling shareholder of 21st Century Fox, is preparing to step down as CEO of the media giant and hand that title to his son James, according to numerous sources close to the Murdoch family.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 6.11.15