Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 2.3.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* It’s going to be a good one: “The Democratic National Committee has agreed to sponsor four more Democratic debates, beginning with the MSNBC debate on Thursday moderated by Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow in New Hampshire.”
 
* More on this on tonight’s show: “The water crisis in Flint, Mich., threatened Wednesday to derail the first major federal energy bill in nearly a decade while stirring partisan passions in both the Senate and the House, where members of an oversight committee grilled officials from Michigan and the federal Environmental Protection Agency over their flawed response.”
 
* Porter Ranch gas leak: “Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday was charged with failing to immediately notify state authorities about the natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon.”
 
* Syria: “Just two days after declaring an official start to the first international peace talks on Syria since 2014, the United Nations mediator said Wednesday that he was suspending the process for three weeks because of a lack of progress.”
 
* Israel: “Three Palestinians armed with automatic rifles, knives and bombs killed an Israeli police officer in the heart of Jerusalem on Wednesday before they were shot dead by police, Israeli officials said.”
 
* ISIS: “Advances in the campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq are forcing the extremists to abandon territory there, generating concerns that they are carving out a new stronghold in oil-rich Libya, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday.”
 
* Oregon: “Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) has unveiled legislation that would force the federal government to reimburse local law enforcement agencies for costs incurred during the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 2.3.16