Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 4.12.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* On Equal Pay Day: “President Barack Obama on Tuesday dedicated a national monument on Capitol Hill in honor of the people who have fought for women’s rights, calling the building a ‘centerpiece for the struggle for equality.’”
 
* “I want young girls and boys to come here 10, 20, 100 years from now to know that women fought for equality,” President Obama said. “I want them to be astonished there was ever a time when women were vastly outnumbered in the boardroom or in Congress, that there was ever a time when a woman had never sat in the Oval Office.”
 
* Ever get the feeling the White House thinks an awful lot about China? “The United States and India on Tuesday agreed in principle to a series of initiatives between their militaries that the Obama administration hopes will strengthen American ties in the region as it seeks to counter China’s growing influence.”
 
* Boko Haram: “As it torments West Africa, Boko Haram is increasingly turning to children to carry out its crimes. One of every five suicide bombers deployed by Boko Haram in the past two years has been a child, usually a girl, according to a report released Tuesday by Unicef. Boko Haram used 44 children in suicide attacks last year, compared with only four in 2014, the report found. The youngest bomber so far was thought to be 8 years old.”
 
* A sizable settlement: “Goldman Sachs will pay $5 billion to settle federal and state probes into the bank’s sale of mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Monday.”
 
* A case worth watching: “Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear (D) has filed a lawsuit to stop Gov. Matt Bevin (R) from slashing the budgets of the state’s public colleges and universities. Beshear says the governor violated state laws governing budget reductions when he imposed a $41 million, or 4.5 percent, spending cut in the last three months of the fiscal year.”
 
* Another step in the wrong direction: “Tennessee’s mental health therapists and counselors could turn away gay patients because of their own ‘sincerely held principles’ under a bill now on its way to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.”
 
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Tuesday's Mini-Report, 4.12.16