Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 8.4.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Momentum is on diplomacy’s side: “Today, three Democratic Senators came out for the Iran deal: Tim Kaine of Virginia, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Barbara Boxer of California. The math now looks increasingly difficult for the deal’s opponents.”
 
* Fortunately, it appears no one was injured, but the shots are nevertheless alarming: “At approximately 11:45 a.m. today, Soldiers training at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center reported shots fired along Peret Tower Road, near the southern Mississippi training post.”
 
* TPP isn’t dead yet: “Days after negotiators failed to wrap up an Asia trade agreement, Secretary of State John Kerry expressed confidence on Tuesday that the pact would be completed, calling it vital for the economic well-being of the region.
 
* Bland family: “The family of Sandra Bland – the 28-year-old black woman found dead in her jail cell last month – is suing the Texas state trooper who arrested her in what started as a routine traffic stop, but took a tragic turn.”
 
* California:” Firefighters were working aggressively to regain control after a raging Northern California fire jumped a highway that had served as a containment line for the massive blaze — one of 20 wildfires burning in California.”
 
* Good thinking: “As Islamic State militants set out to destroy Iraq’s history and culture, including irreplaceable books and manuscripts kept in the militant-held city of Mosul, a major preservation and digitization project is underway in the capital to safeguard a millennium worth of history.”
 
* The investigation in New Mexico is ongoing: “Back-to-back explosions rattled two churches in a New Mexico town Sunday morning, police said. No one was injured in either explosion, and damage to each church was ‘relatively minor,’ according to a statement from the Las Cruces Police Department.”
 
* Louisiana: “The New Orleans Fire Department is investigating a car fire Saturday (Aug. 1) at the Planned Parenthood construction site on South Claiborne Avenue. Firefighters were dispatched around 3:45 a.m. at the construction site … to find the front end of a vehicle burning. The vehicle was parked inside a locked gate at the site…. No one was injured, according to Melissa Flournoy, director of Planned Parenthood Louisiana.  Flournoy said she believes the fire was deliberately set at the site, which will be the first Planned Parenthood clinic in Louisiana to provide abortion services.”
 
* Confirming media reports: “The U.S. Intelligence Community assesses that Mullah Mohammed Omar, the former leader of the Afghan Taliban, is dead.  While the exact circumstances of his death remain uncertain, it is clear that his demise, after decades of war and thousands of lives lost, represents a chance for yet more progress on the path to a stable, secure Afghanistan.”
 
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Tuesday's Mini-Report, 8.4.15