Thursday’s Mini-Report, 6.30.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* The latest historic shift: “Transgender men and women will be allowed to openly serve in the military, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced on Thursday – the latest move in a series of historic shifts on gender policy for the nation’s military.”
 
* Afghanistan: “Taliban militants launched a twin suicide attack on Thursday, targeting a convoy of buses carrying Afghan police cadets outside of the capital and killing 37 people, mostly policemen, and wounding 40, an Afghan official said.”
 
* If true, this is a major development: “Iraqi airstrikes destroyed around 200 vehicles believed to be carrying ISIS fighters fleeing one of their former strongholds – killing an unknown number of people, a senior official told NBC News on Thursday.”
 
* Turkish police “arrested 13 people in connection with the deadly attack on Istanbul’s airport, officials said Thursday. More than 40 people died and over 200 were injured when assailants with guns and explosives hit the airport on Tuesday. Officials have said the coordinated assault on Ataturk airport bore the hallmarks of ISIS, but there has been no official claim of responsibility.”
 
* He lit the match and then ran away: “Former London mayor Boris Johnson shocked Britain Thursday by announcing that he will not run to be the next leader of the country’s ruling Conservative party – and prime minister.”
 
* Indiana: “Federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt granted a preliminary injunction Thursday that stops Indiana’s new abortion law from going into effect July 1. The law, passed this year by the Indiana General Assembly, would prohibit abortions sought solely because a fetus had been potentially diagnosed with a disability such as Down syndrome.”
 
* Seriously? “House Republicans are trying to block their Democratic colleagues from mentioning the gun violence sit-in on social media, arguing that the words ‘sit in’ or photos with signs calling for an end to gun violence violate rules on official business.”
 
* An achievable goal: “On Wednesday, the heads of state of the United States, Mexico, and Canada met at the North American Leaders Summit, aka the ‘Three Amigos’ Summit. Among other things, they announced that they would all commit to an effort to get 50 percent of their countries’ electricity from what they called clean sources by 2025.”
 
* Stress tests: “Big U.S. banks won permission from regulators Wednesday to boost dividends and buybacks, offering investors some welcome news after the sector got hammered when the U.K. voted last week to exit the European Union. All but two of 33 institutions passed the final round of the Federal Reserve’s annual ‘stress tests,’ conducted to gauge how such firms would fare in a new financial crisis.”
 
* Good move: “The Alaska Legislative Council voted Wednesday to end its lawsuit challenging the expansion of Medicaid, opting to not pursue an appeal of the decision it lost in Superior Court in Anchorage to Gov. Bill Walker.”
 
* Uh oh: “A House office’s water supply has been tainted by high lead levels and may be unsafe, according to a warning blasted out to congressional offices Tuesday night.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 6.30.16