Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 3.8.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* If true, this would be a significant development: “Abu Omar al-Shishani, a top Islamic State leader, may have been killed in a coalition airstrike near a strategic town in Syria last week, according to a Pentagon official.”
 
* Israel: “Vice President Joe Biden touched down in Israel Tuesday for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders just after Palestinian attackers shot and stabbed policemen and civilians in separate assaults, the latest bloodshed in more than five months of near-daily Palestinian violence that shows no sign of abating.”
 
* Turkey: “To win Turkey’s desperately needed assistance in stemming the flow of migrants to the Continent, European officials seem prepared to ignore what critics say is President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s steady march toward authoritarianism. It is a moment of European weakness that the Turkish leadership seems keen to capitalize on.”
 
* Baltimore: “A Baltimore police officer accused in the death of Freddie Gray must testify against all other officers facing charges in the case, Maryland’s highest court ruled Tuesday.”
 
* Missouri: “In a legislative showdown between LGBT advocates and religious groups, Missouri Senate Democrats staged a marathon filibuster Tuesday to stop a constitutional amendment that would allow businesses to refuse to provide services for same-sex marriage ceremonies.”
 
* Probably not the last: “Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has signed a bill making Virginia the first state in the nation to regulate daily fantasy sports. The law is intended to protect consumers and legitimize businesses such as FanDuel and DraftKings that have been deemed illegal gambling by some in Illinois, Texas and New York.”
 
* Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of Americans who say they’ve gone without needed medical care has dropped to levels unseen since the late 1990s.
 
* This sounds about right to me: “Republican candidates may seek to wrap themselves in the mantle of Ronald Reagan, but Vice President Joe Biden thinks the Gipper would be laughed out of the GOP’s presidential field today.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 3.8.16