Thursday’s Mini-Report, 9.3.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Migrant crisis: “Desperate migrants poured into the Keleti train station in Budapest on Thursday morning but were prevented from traveling to Germany as Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, said that the migration crisis was a ‘German problem’ and that Europe had a moral duty to tell migrants not to come.”
 
* Related news: “The toddler whose lifeless body on a Mediterranean beach sent shock waves around the world has a name: Aylan Kurdi. Images were published Wednesday of a drowned child – soaked red shirt, blue bottoms and tiny velcro-strap shoes – whose body washed up on the beach in the Turkish resort of Bodrum.
 
* Guatemala: “Just hours after tendering his resignation as president of Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina entered a packed courtroom on Thursday to hear accusations of corruption against him, in a dramatic validation of months of street demonstrations over a fraud scandal that has rocked the country.”
 
* Charleston massacre: “A South Carolina prosecutor says she will seek the death penalty for a white man charged with killing nine black churchgoers. Prosecutors filed court papers Thursday saying they would pursue the death penalty against 21-year-old Dylann Roof. The documents cited factors including the fact that more than two people were killed, and that others’ lives were put at risk.”
 
* Virginia: “A Portsmouth, Virginia, police officer was indicted on a first-degree murder charge Thursday in the shooting death of an 18-year-old man during a struggle at a Walmart store in April.”
 
* Not helpful: “South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley joined the growing chorus of Republicans critical of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement on Wednesday. The rising Republican star said ‘black lives do matter,’ during an address on race at the National Press Club in Washington, but said the popular protest movement detracts from the push for racial equality, because activists within it ‘yell and scream’ too much.”
 
* Here’s hoping policy results matter to policymakers: “Lifting a ban on spending city money on needle exchanges for intravenous drug users prevented 120 new cases of HIV in two years in Washington, according to a new study that researchers hope can help other communities deal with a surge in addicts shooting up.”
 
* Hmm: “Freshman Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) billed taxpayers $1,160 for flights and other transportation costs to return to Washington the same weekend she attended the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner and other social events, according to House expense records reviewed by The Hill.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 9.3.15