Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 10.21.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Safeguards: “Anyone flying to the United States from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must enter the country through one of five airports screening for the disease, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson said Tuesday as the Obama administration stepped up precautions to stop the spread of the virus.”
 
* Spain: “Conclusive tests show a Spanish nursing assistant infected with Ebola is cured of the virus, doctors said Tuesday, signaling a huge step forward in her 15-day battle for survival.”
 
* North Korea: “A Ohio dad who was detained in North Korea in May after reportedly leaving a Bible at a club for sailors has been released and is on his way home, the White House announced on Tuesday. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was one of three U.S. citizens being held by the reclusive state.”
 
* ISIS: “The Islamic State has released a new video in which it brags that it recovered weapons and supplies that the U.S. military intended to deliver to Kurdish fighters, who are locked in a fight with the militants over control of the Syrian border town of Kobane.”
 
* Ukraine: “The Ukrainian Army appears to have fired cluster munitions on several occasions into the heart of Donetsk, unleashing a weapon banned in much of the world into a rebel-held city with a peacetime population of more than one million, according to physical evidence and interviews with witnesses and victims.”
 
* Quebec: “One of two members of the Canadian military who was run over in a parking lot — an episode that the government believes was an act of terrorism — has died, the police in Quebec said Tuesday.”
 
* Pakistan: “Pakistan Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid has been sacked after pledging allegiance to Islamic State (IS). The militants said he had been replaced but did not name his successor. A statement reiterated support for Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar. It emerged last week that Shahidullah Shahid and five other Pakistan Taliban (TTP) commanders had defected to IS which controls parts of Iraq and Syria.”
 
* Afghanistan: “Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, is a man in a hurry to break from his predecessor’s governing style. Best not make him late. He drove the point home this month when he started a meeting without the prominent and widely respected interior minister, Umar Daudzai. Mr. Daudzai showed up a few minutes later, and was promptly barred from entry.”
 
* Pennsylvania: “Two fresh sightings of alleged sniper Eric Frein has resulted in more closed public schools in northern Pennsylvania and a shift in a massive manhunt to near where Mr. Frein went to high school – and where he was a member of the high school rifle team.”
 
* An even more bizarre story out of Pennsylvania: “Seamus McCaffery, the state Supreme Court justice entangled in a controversy over pornographic emails and accusations he allegedly tried to blackmail a fellow justice, has been ‘relieved … of his responsibilities’ as a justice, according to an order the court issued this afternoon.”
 
* I’ve always liked Hart: “As expected, Secretary of State John Kerry named former senator Gary Hart (D-Colo.) on Tuesday as his ‘personal representative’ in a new round of ‘talks to achieve a lasting peace in Northern Ireland.’”
 
* When Bush/Cheney created a “Bird-Flu Czar,” the administration didn’t pick a scientist or medical professional. No one cared. Politics got dumber.

* And we’re still working on our new Whip Count project. We’re keeping a running tally of members of Congress who want to return to session – cutting their vacation short – in order to vote on authorizing military intervention against ISIS. I hope you’ll take a look and keep us posted.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 10.21.14