Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 11.25.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* From 700 troops to 2,200: “Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri ordered more National Guard troops into the embattled city of Ferguson on Tuesday to keep order on the second night after a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager.”
 
* More out of Ferguson: “Lawyers for [Michael Brown’s] family harshly criticized the grand jury process and the handling of the case by county prosecutor Robert McCulloch, saying McCulloch had a ‘symbiotic relationship’ with local police that had tainted his impartiality. “
 
* White House: “President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder met Tuesday to talk over how to respond to the riots in Ferguson, and  Eric Schultz, a spokesman for the White House, said Holder will  be visiting more cities and communities to discuss ‘best practices’ as well as ‘identifying challenges we still have to work with.’”
 
* ISIS: “Islamic State activists on Twitter are using the Ferguson protests to encourage its supporters to carry out attacks in the United States.”
 
* Ohio: “Surveillance video is ‘very clear on what took place’ at a Cleveland playground when a rookie police officer fatally shot a 12-year-old boy brandishing a fake gun, police said Monday. Tamir Rice was shot twice in the torso Saturday afternoon and died at a hospital Sunday morning.”
 
* Iran: “The day after a deadline for concluding a nuclear agreement was extended for seven months, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivered his first remarks on the negotiations, saying that the West had failed to bring Iran ‘to its knees.’”
 
* Nigeria: “Two suicide bombers, at least one of them a woman, blew themselves up on Tuesday at a crowded market in this northeast Nigerian city, killing dozens of shoppers and merchants including some who witnesses said were decapitated by the explosions.”
 
* Important: “France suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia on Tuesday, after months of speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin.”
 
* And speaking of countries tired of Putin’s antics: “Wedged hard against Russia’s northwestern border, peaceable Finland has long gone out of its way to avoid prodding the nuclear-armed bear next door. But now the bear is provoking Finland, repeatedly guiding military planes into Finnish airspace and deploying submarines and helicopters to chase after Finnish research vessels in international waters.”
 
* Excellent piece from Jamelle Bouie: “That’s what the idea of ‘black-on-black-crime’ does: It collapses a whole world of distinctions, circumstances, and situations into a single frame, where crime in Prince George’s County, Maryland, is the same as crime in Gary, Indiana, is the same as crime in Houston, and all are part of a nebulous ‘black crime’ problem.”
 
* Gas prices: “The average retail price of regular unleaded gas this week is $2.82. Gas hasn’t been that cheap for Thanksgiving week since the first year of the Obama administration, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Information Administration.”
 
* Was Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s tenure unusually brief? Not really. I said yesterday it was about average, and the data backs that up.
 
* UVA is an increasingly important national story: “University of Virginia administrators apologized Tuesday to student victims of sexual assault and said they would toughen the school’s stance against such violence while ‘maximizing opportunities’ for criminal prosecution. The Board of Visitors met publicly with student leaders to address a magazine report last week that detailed an alleged 2012 gang rape at a fraternity house.”
 
* Seeing the Israeli cabinet “approve a contentious bill that would officially define Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, reserving ‘national rights’ only for Jews” raises a lot of concerns.
 
* I don’t much see the point in litigating how Democrats ranked their legislative priorities in 2010, but for it’s worth, with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) complaining four years later about the emphasis on health care, I think he’s very wrong.
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 11.25.14