Thursday’s Mini-Report, 6.16.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Orlando: “President Barack Obama arrived in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday to meet with victims’ families and first responders in the deadly nightclub shooting the president has decried as ‘an act of terror and an act of hate.’”
 
* England: “British lawmaker Jo Cox has died after being attacked in her district on Thursday, police said. Cox, 41, was known for social-justice campaigns and seen as a rising star in the opposition Labour Party.”
 
* It’s going to be tough to walk this back: “Republican Sen. John McCain blamed President Barack Obama for the deadly shooting in Orlando that killed 49 clubgoers. He said the president is ‘directly responsible for it because’ of his ‘utter failures’ in Iraq.”
 
* Stay tuned: “The Senate is expected to vote Monday on a series of competing gun-control measures that will highlight the continuing divide between Democrats and Republicans over how Congress should respond to mass shootings.”
 
* A rare defeat for Big Soda: “Forty times, city or state governments have proposed taxes on sugary soft drinks, failing each time. When, in 2014, liberal Berkeley, Calif., passed such a tax, most people saw it as an aberration. Several measures, including one in New York, never won much support. But Thursday, a measure to tax sweetened drinks passed in Philadelphia, one of the country’s largest cities – and also one of its poorest.”
 
* Good call: “Texas has no case against the federal government and a refugee settlement organization over how Syrian refugees are settled within the state’s borders, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.”
 
* A dramatic shift: “The pace of the CIA’s drone campaign has plunged this year as part of a renewed push by the Obama administration to shift responsibility for lethal counterterrorism operations to the Pentagon, current and former U.S. officials said.”
 
* Maybe congressional Republicans ought to take note: “Three women in the U.S. mainland infected with the Zika virus have delivered infants with birth defects and three others have lost or terminated pregnancies because their fetuses suffered brain damage from the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 6.16.16