Thursday’s Mini-Report, 6.2.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* A tragic coincidence: “Two military planes went down on Thursday in coincidental unrelated incidents in Colorado and in Tennessee.”

* Yesterday’s UCLA shooting: “The former UCLA doctoral student who killed a professor in an apparent murder-suicide had a ‘kill list’ that included the name of a woman found dead in Minnesota, as well as that of another UCLA instructor, the Los Angeles police chief said.”
 
* Germany: “Three Syrian men who entered Germany with a wave of migrants were arrested Thursday on suspicion of planning an Islamic State attack on the city of Düsseldorf. The arrests potentially thwarted a deadly operation that appeared eerily reminiscent of recent assaults on Brussels and Paris.”

* Secretary of State John Kerry “kicked off a jam-packed tour this week to bring attention to environmental policy – part of an effort to help cement President Obama’s legacy on climate change.”
 
* Initial unemployment claims dropped last week to 267,000, which is considered an encouraging number. As the Department of Labor noted in its report, “This marks 65 consecutive weeks of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1973.”
 
* Good thinking: “Federal Reserve officials strongly signaled they will toughen big-bank capital requirements even more than they have since the 2008 crisis, a move that will add to the pressure on the largest U.S. banks to consider shrinking.”
 
* What an odd man: “U.S. officials say a high-level Defense Department official has been placed on administrative leave following his arrest for stealing license plates in a dispute over a neighborhood parking permit. The officials said Bryan Whitman is on leave pending the results of a legal review.”
 
* The latest in Alabama: “Attorneys for Rebekah Caldwell Mason acknowledged their client may be under criminal investigation, according to a court document filed Wednesday.”
 
* Wrapping up a successful career: “After five years heading the office that represents the United States at the high court, [Don] Verrilli is stepping down [as Solicitor General] June 24 to let his chief deputy, Ian Gershengorn, serve in the post for the remainder of Obama’s term.”
 
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Thursday's Mini-Report, 6.2.16