Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 9.23.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* ISIS: “President Obama on Tuesday hailed the American-led coalition that conducted airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State, declaring, ‘We’re going to do what is necessary to take the fight to this terrorist group.’”
 
* More on this tomorrow: “The U.S. military was responding to what it saw as an imminent threat when it conducted airstrikes Monday night against the Khorasan terror group – part of a bombing campaign that also targeted the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.”
 
* Ukraine: “Moscow will curtail Ukraine’s access to vital Russian markets if Kiev implements any part of a trade agreement with the European Union, President Vladimir Putin warned in a letter, toughening his stance on a deal at the center of East-West tensions.”
 
* Israel: “Israeli forces early Tuesday killed the two men they suspected of abducting and murdering three Israeli teenagers from the occupied West Bank in June, according to a military spokesman, closing a crucial chapter in what became the bloodiest period of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in decades.”
 
* Ebola outbreak: “The Ebola epidemic in West Africa, already ghastly, could get worse by orders of magnitude, killing hundreds of thousands of people and embedding itself in the human population for years to come, according to two worst-case scenarios from scientists studying the historic outbreak.”
 
* Gun violence in Alabama: “A man wearing his work uniform started shooting at his former colleagues inside a UPS sorting facility in Alabama a day after he was fired from the company, killing a supervisor and another employee before committing suicide, police said Tuesday.”
 
* This seems like a big deal that won’t get enough attention: “President Clinton, in his 1994 address to the United Nations General Assembly, called for the eventual elimination of anti-personnel landmines…. Today, the Obama Administration is announcing new policy changes that bring the United States closer to that goal. Specifically, the United States is aligning our APL policy outside the Korean Peninsula with the key requirements of the Ottawa Convention, the international treaty prohibiting the use, stockpiling, production, and transfer of APL, which more than 160 countries have joined, including all of our NATO Allies.”
 
Louisiana: “Less than 20 days after a federal judge found Louisiana’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages to be constitutional, a state court judge in Lafayette Parish disagreed in a 23-page opinion that recognized the marriage of two women who married in California – and ordered officials to allow other, unmarried same-sex couples to marry in the state.”
 
* Get registered: “Today has been designated National Voter Registration Day by a variety of organizations that are holding cooperative registration events around the country today. But it’s also a good time to make the argument that voting is a right, not a privilege.”
 
* Basically useless: “Several years and $25 billion later, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey says that nearly half of the Iraqi army is too heavily populated with Shiite fighters to credibly confront ISIS.”
 
* Not sure this will help: “New security measures are in place at the White House on Tuesday after a man jumped over the fence last week, and made it all the way inside the front doors before he was tackled by Secret Service officers. The Secret Service is still reviewing security protocol, but evidence of change is already apparent outside the White House, where a temporary low fence is set up in front of the taller wrought-iron fence.”
 
* D’Souza’s sentence: “A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Dinesh D’Souza to five years of probation, including eight months in a community confinement center, ordering no jail time for the conservative author and pundit who pleaded guilty to using straw donors to make an illegal campaign contribution.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 9.23.14