Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 8.19.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, just a few minutes ago, published an op-ed from Attorney General Eric Holder: “A message to the people of Ferguson.”
 
* A broken cease-fire: “Another Gaza cease-fire collapsed on Tuesday when Palestinian militants fired rockets into southern Israel, drawing retaliatory airstrikes from Israel and prompting the Israeli government to withdraw its delegation from Egyptian-brokered talks in Cairo for an agreement to end the latest conflict.”
 
* Ukraine: “Ukrainian forces pushed deeper into territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, fighting street battles in the besieged city of Luhansk and pressuring the outer defenses of Donetsk in a further blow to the separatists’ crumbling virtual state.”
 
* Patience: “It could take months before the officer responsible for the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown is arrested, Capt. Ron Johnson said Tuesday.”
 
* Ferguson: “A funeral and public memorial for Michael Brown will take place Monday morning, according to family attorney Anthony Gray.”
 
* She’s not alone: “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday joined the chorus of national lawmakers calling for a review of the federal program that transfers military gear to local police, amid ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Mo.”
 
* Iraq: “The last time the United States pushed Iraqis to choose a new prime minister who could unite the country to confront a sectarian civil war was in 2006, and the Iraqis chose Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. The result was another civil war. This time, with the country again on the edge of collapse, they have chosen Haider al-Abadi.”
 
* There has to be a story in there somewhere: “President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.”
 
* Ex-Im: “House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling is threatening to subpoena the Export-Import Bank as lawmakers clash over the renewal of the agency’s charter.”
 
* The religious right sure is weird sometimes: “Family Research Council Senior Fellow Peter Sprigg … used Robin Williams’ attendance of substance-abuse-related rehab to defend, somehow, ex-gay therapy.”
 
* Um, no: “During CNN’s live coverage of the unrest in Ferguson following the killing of an unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, anchor Rosemary Church came up with a solution: ‘Why not perhaps use water cannons’ on the community protesters?”
 
* So predictable: “Rush Limbaugh Invokes Benghazi To Attack Obama Administration Over Ferguson Response.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 8.19.14