Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 6.7.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Turkey: “A car bomb destroyed a police vehicle near a central tourist district in Istanbul on Tuesday morning, instantly killing 11 people and wounding dozens more, Turkish officials said, the latest in a series of deadly attacks in the country.”
 
* Climate diplomacy: “India will try to join a climate change deal within this year, the Obama administration said Tuesday, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Barack Obama at the White House and the two leaders played up their efforts to cooperate on issues of global concern.”
 
* Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “signaled Tuesday that his government intends to escalate military efforts to crush the five-year-old uprising against his rule, saying the bloodshed will not end until he has regained control over all areas of Syria lost to the rebellion.”
 
* I hope they’re right: “Officials for the Rio Olympics committee tried to reassure athletes and visitors on Tuesday that Zika will not be a big risk to the games in August. Health officials say they expect much less activity by the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that carry Zika as the weather gets cooler and drier.”
 
* Minimum wage: “The D.C. Council unanimously approved a plan to ratchet up the city’s hourly minimum wage to $15 on Tuesday, and Mayor Muriel E. Bowser pledged to sign the measure into law, likely lifting low-income pay rates in the District to among the highest in the nation within four years.”
 
* Climate crisis: “The 2016 race downward in Arctic sea ice continued in May with a dramatic new record. The average area of sea ice atop the Arctic Ocean last month was just 12 million square kilometers (4.63 million square miles), according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)…. ‘We’ve never seen anything like this before,’ said Mark Serreze, who directs the center.”
 
* Good choice: “Republicans controlling the Senate are abandoning an effort to use their power over the federal purse strings to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The more pragmatic approach with a huge $164 billion spending measure reflects a hope by top Republicans like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to remove veto bait from must-pass spending bills in hopes of advancing them more easily.”
 
* A story worth watching: “The leadership political action committee affiliated with Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois has splurged on Napa Valley wine tours, Miami Beach luxury hotels and Washington Nationals baseball tickets worth tens of thousands of dollars over the past four years, federal campaign disclosures show.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 6.7.16