Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 11.5.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Israel: “Amid heightened tensions over an important holy site, two drivers, in separate incidents, plowed their cars into Israelis on Wednesday, and Jordan recalled its ambassador from Israel.”
 
* Guantanamo: “A Kuwaiti man held by the United States without trial for nearly 13 years in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was released early Wednesday, the military said. His repatriation is the first transfer to result from a new system of parole-board-like hearings to periodically review whether it is still necessary to keep holding prisoners.”
 
* NATO: “The U.S. Army’s top general took a tough stance on Russia while visiting a multinational military exercise with NATO partners on Tuesday. ‘It is important to show Russia and others that we’re united in our training and building interoperability with each other and building strength,’ Gen. Raymond Odierno, chief of staff of the U.S. Army, told reporters.”
 
* Republicans had a great night, obviously, but so did some progressive priorities: “In several of those states, voters by large margins also passed initiatives to give workers paid sick days and to boost the minimum wage, issues that have long been associated with Democrats and have been central to President Obama’s domestic agenda.”
 
* Sen. Joe Manchin (D) of West Virginia announced today that he’s not changing parties. “Senator Manchin is a proud West Virginia Democrat and will remain one,” his spokesperson said in a statement.
 
* Sen. Angus King (I), who caucuses with Democrats, also announced this afternoon that he would also stick with the Dems. “I have decided to remain with the Democratic caucus,” the senator told reporters.
 
* Late election results: “Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy held on to his gubernatorial seat. Nearly 17 hours after the polls closed, Republican challenger Tom Foley conceded in the close race.”
 
* Kansas: “A federal judge has ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, but gay and lesbian couples can’t marry just yet. Judge Daniel Crabtree granted a stay on his order, which calls for county court clerks to issue same-sex couples marriage licenses, until Nov. 11, which will give the state time to appeal the case.”
 
* Why did the Cleveland Plain Dealer go to such lengths to hide the video of its editorial-board meeting with Ohio’s gubernatorial candidates? The newspaper finally explained the situation today.
 
* Cry me a river: “Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Wednesday that President Obama never called him after he lost his June primary. ‘Not a word,’ said Cantor on CNBC’s Squawk Box, when asked if he heard from the president.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 11.5.14