Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 12.23.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Minneapolis: “A large protest that started at the Mall of America quickly migrated Wednesday to Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport, where demonstrators blocked roads and caused significant traffic delays.”
 
* Ramadi: “Iraq sent battalions of reinforcements on Wednesday to secure neighborhoods in Ramadi recaptured from the Islamic State, as soldiers continued an offensive for a second day to try to take full control of the city.”
 
* Syria: “President Obama’s order to intensify air attacks in Syria has led to new internal debate over whether to loosen tight restrictions on strikes against Islamic State targets that risk civilian casualties, according to senior administration officials. But so far, at least, the White House has resisted proposals to change the rules of engagement for the bombing.”
 
* Newspaper shake-up: “Michael Hengel, editor of The Las Vegas Review-Journal, announced his resignation on Tuesday, less than two weeks after the billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson bought the newspaper and days after it published an article that was indirectly critical of the new owners.”
 
* Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) announced Tuesday “that the commonwealth will no longer recognize out-of-state concealed handgun permits, part of a national push to circumvent legislatures opposed to tightening gun laws.”
 
* Quite an investigation: “More than 50 police officers involved in fatal shootings this year had previously fired their guns in deadly on-duty shootings, according to a Washington Post investigation. For a handful of officers, it was their third fatal shooting. For one officer, it was his fourth.”
 
* This one’s over before it starts: “Congressional Republicans are largely brushing off the news that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter used his personal email to conduct business at the Pentagon, with most giving him the benefit of the doubt. ‘This more or less results in a simple slap on the wrist for him and a scolding,’ said Joe Kasper, chief of staff for House Armed Services Committee member Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.). ‘I think that’s as far as this goes.’”
 
* The anniversary of a breakthrough: “President Obama may be vacationing in Hawaii, but there’s no holiday when it comes to building a legacy. On Tuesday, Obama used a Facebook post to mark the five-year anniversary of his signing of the bill that repealed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ the policy that barred openly gay military members from serving.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 12.23.15