Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 5.27.14

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Nigeria: “Nigerian officials say that 54 people were killed in two attacks in northern Nigeria suspected to be by Islamic extremists. Police constable Abdullahi Mohammed said Tuesday that suspected Boko Haram members killed 24 soldiers and 21 policemen in an attack Monday evening on Buni Yadi town in Yobe state.”
 
* European elections: “Four days of balloting across 28 countries elected scores of rebellious outsiders, including a clutch of xenophobes, racists and even neo-Nazis. In Britain, Denmark, France and Greece, insurgent forces from the far right and, in Greece’s case, also from the radical left stunned the established political parties.”
 
* Ukraine: “Pro-Russian separatists said Tuesday they sustained big losses in yesterday’s gunbattle for control of this city’s international airport as sporadic shooting continued to rock the area around the airport. A top Donetsk separatist leader, Pavel Gubarev, posted on his Facebook page early Tuesday that a rocket-propelled grenade hit a truck that was carrying wounded separatists from the battle at the airport, killing an estimated 35 and injuring 15.”
 
* Supreme Court: “The high court ruled 5-4 that a Florida law that prevents death row inmates from introducing further evidence of intellectual disability if they score above 70 on an IQ test was unconstitutional. Eight other states have similar laws, including Arizona, Alabama, Utah, Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Arkansas.”
 
* Brussels: “An unidentified gunman opened fire on Saturday at the Jewish Museum in the center of Brussels, killing at least three people in what officials said appeared to have been an anti-Semitic attack. Belgium’s interior minister, Joelle Milquet, told RTL television that two women and a man were killed in the attack and a fourth person was seriously wounded.”
 
* If Obama’s a socialist, he’s really bad at it: “Propelled by a soaring stock market, the median pay package for a CEO rose above eight figures for the first time last year. The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012, according to an Associated Press/Equilar pay study.”
 
* FLOTUS flexes policy muscle: “First Lady Michelle Obama called on Republicans Tuesday to avoid undoing recent advances in healthy lunch policies. ‘The last thing we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids’ health, especially when we are starting to see progress on this issue,’ Obama said at the White House during a discussion with school leaders.”
 
* #headdesk, Part I: “Last Saturday, Fox invited Dr. Robi Ludwig, a ‘nationally known psychotherapist,’ onto the improbably alliterative show Justice with Judge Jeanine to discuss the previous night’s Isla Vista massacre. Once gifted the Fox News hot seat, Ludwig didn’t disappoint, spinning out a novel theory of the murderer’s motives: ‘When I was first listening to him, I was like, ‘Oh, he’s angry with women for rejecting him.’ And then I started to have a different idea: Is this somebody who is trying to fight against his homosexual impulses?”
 
* #headdesk, Part II: “Fox News contributor Karl Rove exploited the Obama administration’s accidental exposure of a CIA operative’s identity to absolve his own culpability in deliberately leaking former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity during the Bush administration.”
 
* #headdesk, Part III: “The hosts of Fox News’ ‘Outnumbered’ criticized the campaign to change the Washington Redskins’ team on Monday…. The team’s president Bruce Allen responded to the campaign claiming that the “Redskins” name is ‘respectful’ towards Native Americans. Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth repeated that claim as a guest host on Monday’s ‘Outnumbered.’”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 5.27.14

Updated