Thursday’s Mini-Report, 8.13.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Iraq: “At least 76 people were killed and 212 wounded in a bomb attack on Thursday at a market in Baghdad’s Sadr City district, police and medical sources said. The bombing was one of the largest attacks on the capital since Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi took office a year ago.”
 
* Gut-wrenching: “Claiming the Quran’s support, the Islamic State codifies sex slavery in conquered regions of Iraq and Syria and uses the practice as a recruiting tool.”
 
* Kentucky: “A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to resume issuing marriage licenses despite her religious objection to same-sex marriage, but Davis quickly filed an appeal and continued her refusal to issue licenses.”
 
* This is a big get: “Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) is throwing his support behind the Iran nuclear agreement, suggesting it is the only way to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.”
 
* Add Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to the list: “After careful review, I have decided that I will vote in support of the agreement the United States and our international partners reached with Iran last month.”
 
* John Warner, a Republican former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Carl Levin, a Democratic former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee – two very respected voices – agree that lawmakers shouldn’t derail the Iran deal.
 
* An important ruling: “The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the state’s death penalty is unconstitutional, a decision that will spare 11 inmates who are currently on death row.”
 
* Criminal justice: “A Pennsylvania man who served 34 years in prison for the rape and murder of a teenage girl – after being fingered by jailhouse snitches – was released Thursday because of new DNA tests.”
 
* Good to know: “Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s administration said there’s no truth to U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump’s assertion that the nation would pay for a wall along the border between the countries.”
 
* An under-appreciated point about the ACA: “The Obamacare health insurance exchanges appear to be doing a good job at one of their most important yet underappreciated functions: offering a fallback option to people who lose their health coverage during the year.”
 
* Mitt Romney warned us this dystopian nightmare awaited us: “More people sought U.S. unemployment aid last week, but the average for the past month fell to the lowest level in 15 years, a sign that few employers are cutting jobs.”
 
* AIG: “In a move that starts a new chapter in the battle over the bailout of the American International Group during the financial crisis, the Justice Department formally appealed a court ruling on Wednesday that said the government’s terms for saving the company had been too harsh.”
 
* Apparently, it’s time to learn what a “cuckservative” is, since it’s a word that’s coming up quite a bit, and it’s only going to get worse.
 
* Remember a century ago when Nan Britton rocked the political world by claiming to have given birth to President Warren Harding’s love child? It looks like she was telling the truth.
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 8.13.15