Thursday’s Mini-Report, 6.9.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* You’re going to want to tune in: “Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a hero to liberal progressives ideologically aligned with Bernie Sanders’ anti-Wall Street rhetoric, will endorse presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton Thursday night on MSNBC’s the Rachel Maddow Show. The endorsement will come during an exclusive live interview beginning at 9 p.m.”
 
* Good: “Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday joined the massive public response to a Stanford rape case, penning an open letter to the survivor in which he praised her courage for speaking publicly against her attacker and the way she was treated by the justice system.”
 
* A big case: “Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public. In a dispute that could ultimately wind up before the Supreme Court, a divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said local law enforcement officials can place significant restrictions on who is allowed to carry concealed guns.”
 
* Maybe they should have thought this through a little better in advance: “Disenchanted Islamic State members recruited from the West have increasingly been contacting their governments and asking for help in getting home, according to diplomats and a Syrian network that aids defectors.”
 
* This is the exact opposite of how Paul Ryan had vowed to run the chamber: “In a consequential shift to how House Speaker Paul Ryan hoped to proceed with House business, Republican leadership announced Wednesday it will limit the consideration of amendments, which Democrats had been using to inflict political chaos.”
 
* A rare veto: “President Obama vetoed Wednesday a move by Congress to repeal the administration’s new regulations on financial advisers to guard against conflicts of interest. In a veto message to Congress, Mr. Obama said the Labor Department rule ‘is critical to protecting Americans’ hard-earned savings and preserving their retirement security.’”
 
* Well, that seems awkward: “A lifelong Democrat, Bruce Rauner’s wife Diana campaigned enthusiastically for the Republican multimillionaire businessman during his 2014 bid for Illinois governor. Now the child-advocacy group she leads is among 82 social service providers suing her husband’s administration for payment of over $130 million locked up in Illinois’ unprecedented budget fight with Democratic legislative leaders.”
 
* VA: “As debate swirls around who can use what restroom, the Department of Veterans Affairs is placing itself on the side of what makes sense. It is moving to change regulations so VA hospitals can provide gender confirming, or gender reassignment, surgery.”
 
* An incredible story that’s entirely true: “When a monkey fell on a transformer at a Kenyan hydroelectric dam, the entire nation lost its electrical power.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 6.9.16