Thursday’s Mini-Report, 9.18.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Another ISIS video: “ISIS released a propaganda video showing a captive British photojournalist promising to illuminate ‘the truth’ behind the militants’ network and criticizing his government and the United States. John Cantlie, a photographer who worked for Britain’s Sunday Times, was taken captive by militants in Syria alongside GlobalPost’s James Foley nearly two years ago.”
 
* The future of Scotland: “With the future of the United Kingdom in the balance, Scottish voters streamed to polling booths on Thursday at the culmination of a spirited, emotional and divisive campaign that will determine whether they maintain their union with the rest of Britain or secede.”
 
* Historic address: “Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday called on Congress to provide more help to combat the pro-Russian rebels that have taken over eastern parts of the country, saying the incursion is not just an assault on Ukraine but all of the free world.”
 
* Related news: “Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told reporters following a meeting with President Obama on Thursday he was ‘satisfied’ with the military assistance offered by the U.S., despite the administration declining his call for lethal aid to Ukraine’s military.”
 
* Nigeria: “Boko Haram insurgents have been blamed after at least 13 people died during a shoot-out between police and suspected suicide bombers at a teacher training college in northern Nigeria.”
 
* A good policy working well: “The number of privately-insured women getting no-cost birth control pills has more than quadrupled under Obamacare, new data from the Guttmacher Institute shows. The new research, published in the journal Contraception, shows the percent of privately-insured women who paid nothing for the pill rose from 15 percent in the fall of 2012 up to 67 percent this spring.”
 
* What a strange Beltway story: “President Obama has ‘strong confidence’ in Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the White House said Thursday after a report suggested that the Florida congresswoman had fallen out of favor with the president and top Democratic lawmakers.”
 
* I wish I could make this stuff up, but it’s real: “Obama’s arrogance is so apparent, according to Gingrich, that it can even be seen in the way he golfs – and it will doom the final years of his presidency, in the end.”
 
* Even for conservative media, this seemed plainly inappropriate: “The Wall Street Journal’s problematic relationship with Karl Rove continues as the paper ran a Rove-penned column that’s essentially an advertisement for the importance of political groups like American Crossroads – which he helped organize and still fundraises for – in swinging control of the Senate to Republicans this November.”
 
* And if you’ve missed Rachel talking about it on the show, we’ve been updating an online whip count, listing the members of Congress who support a congressional debate and vote on authorizing force against ISIS targets. Have your representatives weighed in? If so, and their names aren’t on our list, email us at Rachel@msnbc.com.
 
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Thursday's Mini-Report, 9.18.14