Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 3.23.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Manhunt: “European authorities are searching frantically for terrorism suspect Najim Laachraoui amid fears he has escaped authorities’ clutches – again.”
 
* More details emerge from Brussels: “Two brothers were identified Wednesday as the suicide bombers behind the Brussels terror attacks as the search for at least one on-the-run suspect intensified.”
 
* Yemen: “An American airstrike on Tuesday killed dozens of fighters at a mountainous training camp used by the Yemeni affiliate of Al Qaeda, Pentagon officials said, the latest sign that the military is hastening its strikes against militants in the Middle East and Africa.”
 
* Michigan: “An independent panel investigating the Flint water crisis laid blame directly on Gov. Rick Snyder’s office, concluding that inept state employees in charge of supervising water quality and state-appointed emergency managers ignored mounting problems with the city water supply and stubbornly disregarded signs of widespread contamination.”
 
* Interesting story out of Florida: “The mother of a 4-year-old boy who shot her as they were riding in a pickup truck should face a misdemeanor charge, authorities said Tuesday as they released details of the shooting for the first time.”
 
* Striking findings: “In some ways … discrimination against people of color is more complicated and fundamental than economic inequality. A stark new finding epitomizes that reality: In recent decades, rich black kids have been more likely to go to prison than poor white kids.”
 
* Rep. Rob Blum, a Republican congressman from Iowa, complained yesterday about all the economic development he saw in the Washington, D.C. area. The GOP lawmaker said the area around the nation’s capital “needs a recession.”
 
* Why did the Nixon administration launch the “war on drugs” in 1971? John Ehrlichman, a Watergate criminal and Richard Nixon’s former chief domestic advisor, put it this way: “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 3.23.16