Thursday’s Mini-Report, 6.5.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Nigeria: “Altogether, Boko Haram militants slaughtered hundreds of people in three villages in the far northeast corner of Nigeria, witnesses said Thursday, describing the latest attack by the Islamic extremist group that drew international attention for the kidnapping of more than 300 schoolgirls.”
 
* New Bergdahl details: “The White House kept its plan to trade five Taliban fighters for captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl a secret from Congress because the Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if news of the swap leaked before it happened, the AP reported Thursday.”
 
* A new warning: “President Obama said on Thursday that Russia had about a month to reverse its intervention in Ukraine and rein in the pro-Russian separatist uprising there, or else it would face broader international sanctions aimed at whole sectors of the Russian economy.”
 
* GM: “A long-awaited internal investigation into General Motors’ failure to recall millions of small cars containing a deadly ignition-switch defect found a pattern of ‘incompetence and neglect’ but no conspiracy to hide the problem, the automaker’s chief executive told employees Thursday.”
 
* I’m always glad when someone remembers UI: “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that he will bring legislation extending unemployment benefits back to the floor as soon as it musters more Republican support.”
 
* Oh, “60 Minutes,” this won’t help the recovery from your recent difficulties: “In a just and equitable world, a journalist’s complicity in such gross and opportunistic fraud would be met with consequences. CBS News apparently has other ideas. Lara Logan, after a six-month leave of absence, is coming back to ‘60 Minutes.’”
 
* I found this extremely impressive, but I probably love charts more than most: “How the Recession Reshaped the Economy, in 255 Charts.”
 
* So long, Sterling: “It’s official – Donald Sterling is selling the Clippers. An attorney on behalf of the embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner announced Wednesday Sterling and his estranged wife/co-owner Shelly Sterling reached a deal with the NBA to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a record $2 billion plus various additional benefits.”
 
* How can anyone hate Neil deGrasse Tyson? “A frequent Fox News guest who has contributed to a white nationalist website attacked Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and host of FOX’s Cosmos, for speaking out about racial profiling he has experienced. Gavin McInnes, who co-founded Vice but left the company in 2008, reportedly because he was a ‘liability,’ said he ‘hate[s]’ Tyson.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 6.5.14