Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 7.7.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Greece: “Greece’s prospects for staying in Europe’s currency union darkened on Tuesday after the new Greek finance minister showed up for an emergency meeting in Brussels without a specific new proposal, leaving European finance ministers aghast and unable to judge whether a deal for another bailout package was possible.”
 
* In South Carolina, it’s one chamber down, one to go: “The Senate voted 36-3 on the removal of the Confederate battle flag, sending the bill to the House for first reading, all while protesters continued to gather outside of the Statehouse.”
 
* A deadly accident: “Two people were killed aboard a small private plane after it collided in midair with an Air Force F-16 fighter jet Tuesday morning over South Carolina, federal safety officials told The Associated Press.”
 
* Cosby: “The prosecutor who investigated allegations that Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004 says he is not surprised by new revelations that the embattled comedian admitted to acquiring sedatives to use on women. But Bruce Castor, the former district attorney for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, believes the deposition released on Monday could support criminal perjury charges against Cosby.”
 
* Encouraging economic news: “The number of job openings in the U.S. was little changed in May, remaining at its highest level on record, the Labor Department said Tuesday. Job openings ticked up slightly to 5.36 million in May, from a revised reading of 5.33 million the previous month..”
 
* An alarming increase: “Heroin use has dramatically increased across the U.S., spreading to groups it hadn’t previously reached, and deaths from overdose have soared, according to a new federal report released Tuesday. Heroin deaths nearly quadrupled in the decade between 2002 and 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.”
 
* A bad idea quickly dies: “Senate Republicans appear unlikely to use the funding process to block President Obama’s plan to open a U.S. Embassy in Cuba this month, despite initial vows to prevent the landmark policy change.”
 
* The Center for American Progress has a fascinating new report out today on the “health of state democracies.” One noteworthy finding: “[T]he states that rate worst on ballot accessibility – with an ‘F’ rating – are overwhelmingly concentrated in the south:”
 
* I’d actually forgotten this existed: “Sarah Palin’s views on America, politics, immigration and family values may not have been compelling enough to convince many people to fork over $10 per month. Last summer, the conservative former governor of Alaska, ex-Fox News pundit and one-time U.S. VP candidate launched the Sarah Palin Channel, which she promised would deliver perspectives that ‘cut through the media’s politically correct filter.’ But after one year, Palin is ending the subscription service.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 7.7.15