Thursday’s Mini-Report, 7.21.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* It’s been quite a year for politics, hasn’t it? “Roger Ailes resigned as chairman and CEO of Fox News Thursday, after days of speculation as to his future with the network after a sexual harassment lawsuit was filed against him by a former anchor, 21st Century Fox said.”
 
* When an unarmed man is lying on the ground, with his hands in the air, and gets shot anyway, there’s a problem: ” A North Miami behavior therapist trying to help a patient with autism says he was shot in the leg by cops responding to the scene – even after he laid down on the pavement and put his hands in the air.”
 
* France: “Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who killed 84 people in a terrorist attack in Nice, France, last week, planned his assault over several months and got help from at least five people, the Paris prosecutor said on Thursday.”
 
* Brazilian police “have arrested 10 people suspected of planning terrorist attacks during the Rio Olympics, Brazilian prosecutors said Thursday.”
 
* The response to the failed coup isn’t nearly over: “The day after Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, declared a national state of emergency in the wake of a failed coup, an anxious nation awoke on Thursday to a text message from its leader, personally exhorting continued loyalty as the government moved against its enemies.”
 
* DOJ: “The Justice Department filed lawsuits on Thursday to block two huge health insurance mergers, extending a string of antitrust actions that have made this year the largest on record for abandoned deals.”
 
* The best numbers since 1973: “The number of applications for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, reaching a three-month low, indicating the labor market remains steady. Initial jobless claims dropped by 1,000 to 253,000 in the week ended July 16, from an unrevised 254,000 in the prior period, a report from the Labor Department showed Thursday in Washington.”
 
* If true, this is a notable cultural development: “The NBA will reportedly relocate the league’s 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, following through on earlier threats to move the annual showcase event after North Carolina revoked protections for its LGBT community.”
 
* Speaking of the world of sports: “Russia’s top athletes reacted with anger after the news broke Thursday that their track and field team would remain banned from next month’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 7.21.16