Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 8.30.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* A major development: “The ISIS leader at the top of the U.S. kill list is dead, according to a media arm of the terrorist organization. The circumstances of Abu Muhammad al-Adnani’s death in Aleppo, Syria, have not been confirmed. Officials in Washington – who had offered a $5 million reward for al-Adnani, the terror group’s No. 2 man – had no immediate comment.”
 
* Chicago: “[P]olice Superintendent Eddie Johnson has filed administrative charges seeking to fire five officers involved in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in October 2014.”
 
* Commutations: “President Obama commuted the sentences of 111 more federal inmates Tuesday, capping a month in which he’s nearly doubled the number of commutations granted during his presidency…. The commutations – a shortening of a criminal sentence using the president’s constitutional pardon power – are part of the Obama administration’s two-year old clemency initiative.”
 
* Kyrgyzstan: “A suicide bomber blew himself up inside the Chinese Embassy’s compound in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, on Tuesday morning, wounding three Kyrgyz staff members, according to local officials.”
 
* Apple “must pay up to $14.5 billion in back taxes to Ireland, the European Union ruled Tuesday after the bloc’s anti-trust arm concluded that the technology firm was given illegal tax benefits over two decades.”
 
* I think she’s in trouble: “It was another marathon session in Brazil’s congress. There was heated debate over the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, this time with the suspended president herself at the center of the questioning, giving answers to more than 50 senators one by one. It was an unprecedented moment in Brazilian history, the final episode in a trial expected to end with her permanent removal from office.”
 
* Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio: “A darling of the far right and a longtime adversary of civil-rights groups and immigration activists, ‘America’s toughest sheriff’ will soon face Justice Department lawyers in Washington in a years-long legal saga over whether he intentionally defied federal orders to stop racially profiling Latinos.”
 
* This is a great story I wish I’d written: “Colin Powell’s foundation and Hillary Clinton’s are treated very differently by the media.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 8.30.16