Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 7.12.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* If you missed it, this was a powerful address: “President Obama, attending another service for victims of a mass shooting and trying to mend a country riven by distrust between citizens and police, paid tribute to five Dallas officers ambushed at a protest last week, saying their deaths should remind Americans of their common ideals.”
 
* A landmark case: “An international tribunal in The Hague delivered a sweeping rebuke on Tuesday of China’s behavior in the South China Sea, including its construction of artificial islands, and found that its expansive claim to sovereignty over the waters had no legal basis.”
 
* Wall Street: “U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as fears eased over Brexit and Japan signaled more economic stimulus…. The S&P 500 moved higher in record territory and the Dow Jones industrial average closed at a new all-time high.”
 
* There are better uses for Congress’ time than this: “Republican lawmakers grilled Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Tuesday about the Justice Department’s decision not to bring charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of private email servers while secretary of state. Democrats, meanwhile, skewered the GOP’s inquisition as nothing more than campaign season posturing.”
 
* North Carolina: “Gov. Pat McCrory signed controversial legislation Monday regulating the release of recordings from police body and dashboard cameras. There were growing calls for McCrory to veto the legislation because it makes it difficult for the public – including people involved in a recorded police action – to see it. But the Republican governor said the law will strike a balance between improving public trust in the police and respecting the rights of officers.”
 
* Um, what? “Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) said Friday that if the Department of Justice had been investigating the Orlando nightclub shooter instead of her, the 49 people killed in the massacre there last month would still be alive.”
 
* Iowa’s Steve King is quite a congressman, isn’t he? “The GOP congressman out of Iowa who blamed President Obama for the Dallas police shooting and wanted to keep Harriet Tubman off the $20 bill was caught with a Confederate flag on his desk.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 7.12.16