Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 9.22.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Abdul Shalabi: “The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that it had repatriated a Guantanamo Bay detainee who intelligence analysts had concluded was probably once a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden. The United States held the man as a wartime prisoner for more than 13 years, government files show.”
 
* Refugees: “Amid profound disagreements about how to handle Europe’s escalating refugee crisis, European Union leaders forced through a plan Tuesday to distribute asylum seekers across the continent despite dissent from Central European nations.”
 
* They have a perfectly sensible plan. The House is the problem: “Senate Republicans are preparing to introduce as early as Tuesday a short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month, according to Senate aides from both parties.”
 
* A good plan for a different Congress: “Leading Senate Democrats unveiled climate change legislation on Tuesday that is expected to go nowhere. The point: Present a united party front on the energy and climate debate. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, authored the bill, which would declare it national U.S. policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2 percent per year.”
 
* Gut wrenching: “The incidents of sexual assault on children described by American service members who served in Afghanistan are sickening. Boys screaming in the night as Afghan police officers attacked them. Three or four Afghan men found lying on the floor of a room at a military base with children between them, presumably for sex play.”
 
* The Kim Davis story isn’t over: “Kim Davis went back to work as a Kentucky county clerk last week after a stint in jail and a pledge that she wouldn’t interfere with deputies who were issuing wedding licenses to same-sex couples. But in a court motion filed Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union said that she was doing just that.”
 
* ISIS: “President Barack Obama is about to lose the man he hand-picked to build the war effort against the Islamic State. Retired General John Allen will be stepping down as envoy to the global coalition this fall, and the White House is searching for a replacement to be the face of America’s flailing effort to destroy the jihadist group in Syria and Iraq.”
 
* China: “On Tuesday, President Xi Jinping of China will follow tradition when his plane touches down here on a seven-day U.S. tour, which will include a formal state dinner at the White House on Thursday followed by a major speech at the United Nations. But this soft landing is looking a bit rough.”
 
* This seems like a pretty serious problem for a state A.G.: “In an unprecedented move, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday temporarily suspended the law license of Attorney General Kathleen Kane, the latest setback for the state’s embattled top law enforcement officer.”
 
* So true: “The success of the Affordable Care Act is a hugely inconvenient truth for its opponents.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 9.22.15