Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 1.27.15

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Libya: “Terrorists launched a bomb and gun attack on a Libyan hotel popular with government ministers and Western diplomats Tuesday, killing up to five people. One American citizen was among the dead, NBC News’ Paul Nassar reported. A handful of other Americans were evacuated after the attack.”
 
* The global chess match: “The reaction in China to the breadth of strategic and economic issues discussed by the United States and India during Mr. Obama’s visit and to their obvious, though not publicly expressed, mutual anxiety about China has been cool but controlled.”
 
* It’s quite a delegation: “President Obama met with King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, leading a bipartisan delegation of prominent current and former officials to shore up an important relationship and offer condolences for the death of King Abdullah.”
 
* Capital punishment: “A two-time killer is waiting to hear if the U.S. Supreme Court will stop his Tuesday night execution, which is being used to challenge the state’s uniquely strict standard for intellectual disability. Warren Lee Hill’s lawyers claim the 54-year-old has the mental capacity of a child – but the state says that hasn’t been proven beyond a reasonable doubt, as it requires.”
 
* Criminal justice system: “A record number of convicts were exonerated last year, fueled by a backlog of lab tests that cleared drug suspects in Houston and a string of murder cases linked to a single New York City detective.”
 
* Economy: “The latest reading on consumer confidence rose to another milestone. The Conference Board’s consumer-confidence index rose to 102.9 from 93.1 in December, the best reading since August 2007 and above the MarketWatch-compiled economist forecast of 96.9. Consumer assessment of both current conditions and the outlook for the future brightened. “
 
* Gun violence in Minnesota: “A volley of gunfire erupted outside the New Hope City Council meeting Monday night when a man shot at a group of police officers, injuring two of them. Officers returned fire, killing the man. The two injured officers were in good condition in the hospital, said Hennepin County Chief Deputy Mike Carlson. They are expected to survive.”
 
* The fate of Argentina’s version of the CIA: “President Cristina Fernandez called on Argentina’s Congress to dissolve the country’s intelligence services following the mysterious death of a prosecutor investigating the country’s worst terrorist attack.”
 
* Scalise: “House Majority Whip Steve Scalise will meet with the head of the National Urban League in the wake of a revelation that the Louisiana Republican spoke to a white supremacist group in 2002.”
 
* The dangerous anti-vaccination crowd is often perceived as liberal. Apparently, this isn’t backed up by the evidence: “[E]very time researchers examine the political outlooks of vaccine deniers through representative surveys, it seems that they fail to find a significant leftwing bent.”
 
* It’ll be back: “The Senate has failed to move forward on the Keystone XL Pipeline Monday evening, extending the battle over the controversial Canadian oil import project that is one of the Republican Party’s top priorities since taking over control of the Senate in January.”
 
* Reimbursement rates matter: “The Obama administration announced Monday a sweeping new plan that will directly affect thousands of hospitals and doctors across the country. The federal government now plans to pay Medicare doctors more if they help patients get healthier – and less if their patients just stay sick.”
 
* It’s been a while since Republicans started throwing this around casually: “Newly seated Texas Rep. Brian Babin didn’t pull punches on his assessment of President Obama, saying the White House executive, without a doubt, ‘deserves impeachment.’”
 
* Following up on last night’s report, the prognosis in Iowa appears positive: “Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad was discharged from the hospital Tuesday morning after an overnight stay and treatment with intravenous fluids in response to flu and dehydration…. On Tuesday, his personal physician ruled out more serious illnesses and allowed Branstad to return home to Terrace Hill. His office has canceled planned events for the rest of the week.”
 
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Tuesday's Mini-Report, 1.27.15

Updated