Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 12.2.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* It’s one of those days: “A man was killed in a shooting outside a clinic in southwest Houston, according to police…. Investigators are looking for more than one suspect at this time.”
 
* Pittsburgh: “Investigators are releasing new details today about the shooting of a Muslim cab driver in the city’s Hazelwood neighborhood in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day. At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Pittsburgh Police said they have made an arrest in the incident. They identify the suspect as 26-year-old Anthony Mohamed of Hazelwood.”
 
* I really hope this is true: “Cameroon’s military says it has killed more than 100 members of Boko Haram, and freed more than 900 people who had been held hostage by the militant Islamists. The news, which is difficult to independently verify, came in a statement from Cameroon’s defense minister, Joseph Beti Assomo.”
 
* Welcome to NATO, Montenegro: “For the first time in six years, NATO on Wednesday invited a new member to join the military alliance, prompting a heated response from Russia and further underscoring escalating tensions between the Cold War adversaries.”
 
* I still think she’s wrong: “Janet L. Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, said Wednesday that economic conditions were ripe for the Fed to start raising its benchmark interest rate this month, a move that appears all but inevitable.”
 
* Alabama: “Alabama’s voter ID law discriminates against African-Americans and violates the Voting Rights Act, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges, calling the law ‘simply the latest chapter in Alabama’s long and brutal history of intentional racial discrimination.’”
 
* Guantanamo: “The Pentagon’s latest cost estimate for closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and building an alternative in the U.S. topped a half billion dollars, prompting the White House to reject it and send the plan back for revisions, according to administration officials.”
 
* The New York Times editorial board has a brutal piece on the “cover-up” of a Chicago police officer executing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, which takes on the mayor directly: “Mayor Rahm Emanuel demonstrated a willful ignorance when he talked about the murder charges against the police officer who shot Mr. McDonald, seeking to depict the cop as a rogue officer. He showed a complete lack of comprehension on Tuesday when he explained that he had decided to fire his increasingly unpopular police superintendent, Garry McCarthy, not because he failed in his leadership role, but because he had become ‘a distraction.’”
 
* Alaska story worth watching: “The state medical examiner is scheduled to conduct an autopsy on the body of Juneau Mayor Greg Fisk on Wednesday, and police hope that will tell them why he died unexpectedly on Monday. ‘I do not know what caused the death. I cannot say if it was foul play or if it was not. I need to get cause of death first,’ said Bryce Johnson, Juneau’s police chief.”
 
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Wednesday's Mini-Report, 12.2.15