Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 2.17.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Turkey: “At least 28 people were killed and dozens hurt Wednesday when a large explosion rocked Ankara, Turkey’s deputy prime minister said. The blast in the Turkish capital happened during rush hour, about 330 yards from military headquarters, reported the Associated Press.”
 
* A legal fight worth watching: “A long-brewing conflict between one of the world’s largest and most recognizable companies and the FBI leapt into public view on Tuesday after a federal judge ordered Apple to help government investigators find a way into an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, California, massacre last December.”
 
* Keep an eye on this one: “China has apparently deployed surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island in the South China Sea, escalating regional tensions with China’s neighbors and the United States.”
 
* James Clapper’s problems never really went away: “The nation’s top intelligence official insisted on Wednesday that he did not lie to Congress about powers of the National Security Agency nearly three years ago.”
 
* Fascinating remarks from Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari: “Wall Street woke up with a new problem Tuesday: a Republican Goldman Sachs alum using his new bully pulpit atop the Federal Reserve to suggest the biggest banks should break up.”
 
* South Dakota: “All eyes have turned to South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard following the state Senate’s decision to approve legislation banning transgender students from using public school bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identities.”
 
* Oh my: “A Tennessee sheriff suggested Tuesday that an alleged rise in violence against police officers is directly related to Beyoncé’s controversial Super Bowl halftime performance and new music video.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 2.17.16