Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 11.4.15

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* More on this on tonight’s show: “Evidence indicates a bomb brought down Russia’s Metrojet Flight 9268 over the Sinai Peninsula last weekend, and U.S. investigators are focusing on ISIS operatives or sympathizers as the bombers, a U.S. official told NBC News on Wednesday.”
 
* Related news: “The British government said Wednesday that it had suspended flights from the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh over concerns that a Russian jet that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday ‘may well have been brought down by an explosive device.’”
 
* Remember, this tragic story was cited by some on the right as evidence of a “war on cops,” which deserved to be blamed on the Black Lives Matter movement: “The Illinois cop whose death sparked a massive manhunt in September killed himself in a ‘carefully staged suicide’ after committing ‘extensive criminal acts,’ police said Wednesday.”
 
* Keystone: “The Obama administration is turning down a plea from the company behind the Keystone XL oil pipeline to pause its review of the project. The refusal means that President Obama will make a decision on the pipeline before leaving office in January 2017, and he will not leave it up to his successor.”
 
* San Diego: “A relentless shooter armed with a high-powered rifle terrorized a San Diego neighborhood Wednesday, opening fire on police officers and bringing air traffic to a halt.”
 
* Historic meeting: “The presidents of China and Taiwan will meet on Saturday, official statements from both said Wednesday. It would be the first such meeting since the Chinese Communist Revolution in 1949 that divided the two, in a prolonged and sometimes hostile conflict that has helped shape Asia-Pacific politics for more than a half-century.”
 
* Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is correct: “Instead of blocking President Obama’s efforts to close the costly Guantanamo Bay detention facility, Congress should be working with him to finally shut it down.”
 
* Related news: “President Obama will not rule out using his executive authority to shut down the controversial military prison at Guantanamo Bay, an aide said Wednesday.”
 
* Gender equality in Canada: “Incoming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined an elite global club Wednesday by appointing women to 50 percent of his Cabinet positions.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 11.4.15

Updated