Thursday’s Mini-Report, 7.7.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Minnesota: “Outrage continued to grow Thursday over the fatal shooting of a Minnesota man whose girlfriend captured the aftermath of the incident on live video. Philando Castile’s grief-stricken girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, claims he was shot five times during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, a suburb of the Twin Cities.”
 
* Related news: “An ‘appalled’ Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday that police wouldn’t have shot and killed Philando Castile if he’d been white and called for justice ‘with the greatest sense of time urgency.’”
 
* Baton Rouge: “In the end, Alton Sterling lay nearly spread-eagle on the pavement outside the Triple S Food Mart early Tuesday, a wide bloodstain on the front of his red shirt as a police officer called on his radio, ‘Shots fired. Shots fired,’ then shouted an expletive. Moments before, Sterling, pinned to the ground, had been struggling with two Baton Rouge police officers on top of him. Then at least six shots rang out.”
 
* A statement from President Obama: “All Americans should be deeply troubled by the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. We’ve seen such tragedies far too many times, and our hearts go out to the families and communities who’ve suffered such a painful loss.”
 
* That’s that: “No charges will be brought against Hillary Clinton after the FBI found there’s no evidence she committed a crime by using a personal email server while she was secretary of state, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Wednesday.”
 
* In advance of Jobs Day tomorrow: “The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, offering further confirmation that the labor market remains on solid footing despite tepid job gains in May…. Claims have now been below 300,000, a threshold associated with a healthy labor market, for 70 straight weeks, the longest stretch since 1973.”
 
* United Kingdom: “Britain on Thursday moved a step closer to having its second female prime minister as the contest to lead the country’s ruling Conservative party narrowed to two women. Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom emerged as the favorites in a ballot of lawmakers that was triggered by David Cameron’s resignation over last month’s Brexit vote.”
 
* A decent bill passed the House: “The House passed legislation Wednesday to overhaul the nation’s mental health system, the first effort by lawmakers to specifically tackle federal policies on serious mental illness. The bill passed 422-2, overwhelming support that reflected a decision by sponsors to defer debates on some of its most controversial aspects.”
 
* Gun votes on indefinite hold: “House Republican infighting has forced GOP leaders to indefinitely postpone a vote on an ‘anti-terrorism package,’ leaving Congress with no legislative response to last month’s massacre in Orlando.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 7.7.16