Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 3.16.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Nigeria: “Two female suicide bombers killed at least 24 worshippers and wounded 18 in an attack during dawn prayers Wednesday on a mosque on the outskirts of the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, officials said from the birthplace of Boko Haram.”
 
* North Korea shouldn’t be surprised: “President Obama slapped North Korea with new economic sanctions Wednesday as punishment for launching a ballistic missile and doing ‘illicit’ nuclear tests in defiance of international warnings.”
 
* The Fed speaks: “The Federal Reserve took its finger off the pause button on Wednesday, signaling that it plans to resume increasing its benchmark interest rate in the coming months. The Fed, in a statement after a two-day meeting of its policy-making committee, said the domestic economy seemed little harmed by the recent turmoil in financial markets.”
 
* ISIS: “The Islamic State has lost about 22 percent of its territory in Iraq and Syria in the past 15 months, according to a new study…. [A]ccording to a report from IHS Jane’s 360, the tide is decisively turning against the extremist organization. Despite a territorial advance last summer in parts of Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State has suffered significant setbacks.”
 
* So ridiculous: “Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is stepping up his crusade against a federal climate change study that challenges a key talking point of climate skeptics. Smith, chairman of the House Science Committee, faced off on Wednesday with the head of the agency that produced last summer’s study.”
 
* I don’t think they’re kidding: “The Economist Intelligence Unit concludes that a Donald Trump presidency poses a top-10 risk event that could disrupt the world economy, lead to political chaos in the United States and heighten security risks for the United States.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 3.16.16