Thursday’s Mini-Report, 6.23.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Nearly 26 hours later: “Civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis declared victory Thursday as he and the other Democrats who staged a revolt in the House of Representatives over gun policy reform suspended their nearly 26-hour sit-in in the Capitol. While they failed to get the Republicans to vote on two controversial gun control bills, Lewis said they got the point across to the American people.”
 
* All eyes on the U.K.: “Europe held its breath Thursday as the U.K. began voting in a national referendum on whether or not to quit the European Union, with the outcome predicted to be on a knife-edge after a months-long and bitterly divisive campaign.”
 
* An oil spill “that may have released more than 29,000 gallons of crude into a grassy canyon in Ventura County did not reach the beach or trigger evacuations, Ventura County fire officials said Thursday.”
 
* Germany: “Police shot and killed a masked gunman who took hostages in a German movie theater complex Thursday, officials said. The drama unfolded at the Kinopolis movie complex on a sunny afternoon in the southwestern town of Viernheim.”
 
* Baltimore: “A judge on Thursday acquitted a Baltimore police officer of murder charges in the death of Freddie Gray, a major setback for prosecutors and a sign that the fractured city may not see criminal convictions against any of the cops involved.”
 
* Jordan “sealed its last entry point for Syrian refugees Tuesday after a cross-border suicide attack killed six members of the Jordanian security forces, wounded 14 and exposed the pro-Western kingdom’s growing vulnerability to spillover from conflict next door.”
 
* North Korea “launched two medium-range ballistic missiles early Wednesday in defiance of international sanctions.”
 
* June’s job numbers should be better than May’s: “Fewer Americans filed for jobless benefits in the June 18 week, another sign that the labor market is withstanding choppiness in other segments of the economy. There were 259,000 initial claims, a decline of 18,000 from the prior week. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast 270,000. It marked the 68th week in which claims were lower than 300,000, the longest such streak since 1973.”
 
* Fracking: “A federal judge on Tuesday night struck down an Obama administration regulation on the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oil and gas on public lands, a blow to President Obama’s muscular stand on the extraction of fossil fuels on government lands.”
 
* This should make for a livelier convention: “A federal judge says Cleveland’s rules governing protests and marches during next month’s Republican National Convention infringe on rights of free expression, and he is ordering the city and a civil rights organization to begin negotiating new rules.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 6.23.16