Thursday’s Mini-Report, 7.28.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Extraordinary developments in Russia: “Russia’s main domestic intelligence service raided the Moscow headquarters of an investigative agency on Tuesday, in a rare sign of dysfunction in the country’s domestic security services.”
 
* The number of skeptics dwindles: “Senior U.S. national security officials tell NBC News they are confident that Russian intelligence agencies hacked the Democratic National Committee.”
 
* ISIS: “The United States is poring over a vast trove of new intelligence about Islamic State fighters who have flowed into Syria and Iraq and some who then returned to their home countries, information that American officials say could help fight militants on the battlefield and prevent potential plotters from slipping into Europe.”
 
* The campaign later expressed regret over this: “At [Mike] Pence’s first public event since he was introduced as the Republican vice-presidential candidate two weeks ago, a [Washington Post] reporter was barred from entering the venue after security staffers summoned local police to pat him down in a search for his cellphone.”
 
* Someone wants attention again: “North Korea’s top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington ‘crossed the red line’ and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month.”
 
* Brazil: “A half-million foreign tourists, dozens of heads of state and the attention of the world’s media. If there were ever a headache for anti-terror forces, it’s the Olympics.”
 
* Setting the record straight: “President Obama says reports he eats precisely seven almonds each night are a joke that got out of hand. ‘Well, this is an example of the weird way that the press works,’ he said in an interview that aired Thursday on NBC’s ‘Today.’”
 
* I’m inclined to believe him: “As he prepares for the post-Senate phase of his life, Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is more certain of what doesn’t come next than what does. He won’t be a lobbyist. ‘I’d rather be taken to Singapore and caned,’ he told The Huffington Post. ‘I actually feel that way.’”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 7.28.16