Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 8.18.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Thailand: “A young suspect wearing a yellow T-shirt was being hunted Tuesday by Thai police who say he bombed a Bangkok shrine popular with tourists, killing 22 people.”
 
* Experts sure do like the Iran deal: “The Arms Control Association, a nonpartisan group based in Washington, will release the statement Tuesday morning. It declares the deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief ‘a net-plus for international nuclear nonproliferation efforts.’”
 
* Opponents really don’t care what policy experts think: “New Jersey’s Bob Menendez on Tuesday said in a speech in his home state that he opposes the deal which would curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.”
 
* Still, the magic number is near: “Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) announced their support for the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday, bringing President Obama closer to the support he’ll need to implement the agreement. “
 
* A notable disagreement: “Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that she opposes exploring for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean, a move that puts her at sharp odds with President Obama, who just this week gave Shell a green light to drill. ‘The Arctic is a unique treasure,’ the Democratic presidential candidate wrote in a Twitter post. ‘Given what we know, it’s not worth the risk.’”
 
* Impressive: “For the first time ever, two women have successfully completed the Army’s elite Ranger school, one of the toughest combat training courses in the world, the Army said Monday.”
 
* Georgia: “Two former police officers from East Point, Ga. have been indicted on charges of murder in the April 2014 death of Gregory Towns, a 24-year-old unarmed black man who died after a stun gun was used on him while he was in handcuffs.”
 
* Philadelphia: “U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, in his first court appearance on federal racketeering charges, proclaimed his innocence Monday and accused the Justice Department of making his family and friends collateral damage.”
 
* It’s a genuine shame to see what’s become of a legendary journalist: “Veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward said Monday that the controversy swirling over Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email server ‘reminds’ him of the Watergate scandal.”
 
* Another breakthrough: “Former National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) staff member Raffi Freedman-Gurspan became the first openly transgender official to work in the White House on Tuesday.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 8.18.15