Thursday’s Mini-Report, 9.29.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* New Jersey train crash: “A speeding commuter train plowed into a platform inside NJ Transit’s Hoboken Terminal Thursday morning, killing at least one person and injuring 108 others, officials said.”

* Shutdown averted: “Congress averted a government shutdown Wednesday as the Senate and then the House approved a short-term spending bill, allowing lawmakers to avoid a crisis and return home to campaign. The stopgap spending bill, which would fund the government through Dec. 9, had been ensnarled in a debate over financing for the lead-tainted water system in Flint, Mich.”

* Keep an eye on this one: “Sporadic shelling broke out along India and Pakistan’s disputed border in Kashmir on Thursday after India said it conducted an anti-terrorism strike inside the section controlled by Pakistan – marking a significant rise in tension between the two nuclear-armed rivals.”

* This is going to help a lot of people: “The Obama administration, in its latest effort to update workplace policies it says have lagged far behind the realities of Americans’ lives, will require federal government contractors to provide paid sick leave to their workers.”

* Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf “faced down a furious panel of lawmakers Thursday as the House Financial Services Committee grilled him on his bank’s shady practices.”

* Given widespread public misperceptions about crime rates, these Pew Research findings are unexpected: “As the Supreme Court prepares to hear the first of two death penalty cases in this year’s term, the share of Americans who support the death penalty for people convicted of murder is now at its lowest point in more than four decades.”

* Republicans still love him, but Petraeus has no use for their talking points: “Former CIA Director David Petraeus appears to disagree with GOP nominee Donald Trump’s claim that President Obama is to blame for the rise of [ISIS]…. He said the ‘real cause’ of ISIS was the alienation of the Sunni Arab community in Iraq under then-Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, which created an opportunity [for] the Sunni extremist group to win support in Sunni areas when the group stormed across Iraq in 2014.”

* Reid’s retiring, but he’s not going out quietly: “With Congress set to flee town until after the November elections, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took to the Senate floor Thursday to mark a milestone of sorts: eight years of obstructing and insulting the nation’s first black president… ‘History will look back and note that Republicans in Congress treated President Obama with unprecedented disrespect,’ Reid said.”

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Thursday's Mini-Report, 9.29.16