Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 4.19.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Afghanistan: “More than 28 people were killed and almost 200 injured after militants set off a suicide bomb and stormed a government building in the Afghan capital Tuesday, officials said.”
 
* Ecuador: “Earthquake-stricken Ecuador faced the grim reality of recovering more bodies than survivors as rescue efforts moved into a third day on Tuesday and the death toll climbed to nearly 500.”
 
* When this first happened, the Taliban falsely claimed credit: “A solid plastic case designed to hold a set of night-vision goggles was ultimately responsible for causing the crash of an Air Force transport plane that killed 14 people in October, the Air Force announced in a statement last week.”
 
* Cooler heads prevail in Tennessee: “The House sponsor of a bill that would require students in public school grades K-12 and higher education institutions to use the restroom that corresponds with their sex at birth is killing the controversial legislation.”
 
* Brazil: “In her first public remarks since losing a critical impeachment vote, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Monday she would not go down without a fight and insisted there was no legal basis for her removal.”
 
* Unexpected: “Sen. Lindsey Graham has placed a hold on legislation that would open the door for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. Graham (R-S.C.), who is a co-sponsor of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, put the hold on his own bill over concerns that new changes could expose the U.S. to legal attacks.”
 
* Another 4-4 Supreme Court split: “Ruling in a case over a tax dispute involving a man who moved from California to Nevada, the justices said they could not muster a majority to resolve whether to overrule a 1979 Supreme Court precedent that permits state courts in one state to assert jurisdiction over state agencies in another. As a result, that precedent, Nevada v. Hall, will remain on the books.”
 
* These symbolic squabbles can be quite interesting: “Multiple conservative House Republicans opposed legislation on Monday to rename an Agriculture Department program that recruits women and minorities for science careers after the first woman elected to Congress. An overwhelming bipartisan majority approved the measure, 377-6; two House Republicans voted ‘present.’”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 4.19.16