Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 8.16.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Louisiana flooding: “The death toll for the Louisiana Flood of 2016 climbed to 10 Tuesday (Aug. 16) and eight more parishes were declared federal disaster areas. Roads are still closed across the state and at least 11,000 people are in shelters after a slow-moving weather system dumped as much as two feet of rain in 48 hours on parts of East Baton Rouge, Livingston and St. Helena parishes.”
 
* Following up on the report from last night’s show: “Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who was convicted Monday of perjury and other crimes, announced she will resign Wednesday.”
 
* New York: “Two days after an imam and his assistant were gunned down after afternoon prayers in Queens, the police said late Monday that a man they had in custody had been charged in the killings.”
 
* Discouraging ACA news: “Aetna, the nation’s third largest health insurer, announced Monday night the most significant departure yet from the marketplaces set up by President Obama’s signature health care law. The company, citing $430 million in losses selling insurance to individuals since January of 2014, will slash its participation from 15 states to four next year.”
 
* Climate crisis: “Earth just broiled to its hottest month in recorded history, according to NASA. Even after the fading of a strong El Nino, which spikes global temperatures on top of man-made climate change, July burst global temperature records.”
 
* FBI: “Responding to requests from House Republicans, the FBI sent members of Congress the notes from its July interview with Hillary Clinton about her private email server on Tuesday.”
 
* Worth watching: “Russian bombers flying from an Iranian air base struck rebel targets across Syria on Tuesday, Russian and Iranian officials said, dramatically underscoring the two countries’ growing military ties and highlighting Russia’s ambitions for greater influence in a turbulent Middle East.”
 
*  North Carolina “asked the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to put a hold on last month’s federal appeals court ruling that struck down one of the nation’s toughest voter ID laws.”
 
* VW: “U.S. prosecutors and Volkswagen AG are negotiating a settlement that could result in significant financial penalties after Justice Department officials found evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the car company’s diesel-emissions cheating, said people familiar with the matter.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 8.16.16