Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 4.1.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* One delay deserves another: “Iran and six world powers extended their negotiations on a nuclear deal for yet another day Wednesday, agreeing to resume talks Thursday as Iran called on the global powers to ‘seize the moment and use this opportunity which may not be repeated.’”
 
* Arkansas: “Following intense criticism from businesses, politicians and even his own son, Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson reversed course Wednesday and said that he would not approve the religious freedom measure currently awaiting his signature unless lawmakers changed it to directly mirror a federal version. The governor had previously said he would sign the legislation.”
 
* Nigeria: “Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s opposition leader and a former military dictator, has won the country’s presidential elections, the BBC reports. This is a major moment in the history of Nigeria’s young democracy: the first time an opposition candidate has ever beaten a sitting president, in this case President Goodluck Jonathan.”
 
* California: “Facing catastrophic water shortages across California, Gov. Jerry Brown is taking drastic action to impose water rationing for the entire state. Brown, a Democrat, unveiled an executive order Wednesday mandating a 25% reduction of water usage statewide.”
 
* Yemen: “Shiite rebel forces backed by tanks and heavy machine guns pushed deeper into Yemen’s second-largest city on Wednesday in a bid to strengthen their hold even as Saudi-led airstrikes attempt to cut off their supply lines and cripple their capabilities.”
 
* Good for him: “In a rebuke of fellow Republicans, Gov. John Kasich used his line-item veto authority today to kill language that would have targeted out-of-state college students who register to vote in Ohio to quickly obtain in-state licenses and vehicle registrations.”
 
* Boehner in Israel: “If the speaker of the House visits Israel, and does not say anything substantive, does it have any effect on the troubled relations between Washington and Jerusalem?”
 
* Franchise employees are exempt from the shift: “McDonald’s will raise its minimum wage to an average of $9.90 by July 1, up from $9.01, in advance of a planned wave of strikes on April 15 by fast-food workers demanding better pay and working conditions.”
 
* Virginia: “Keeping with his promise to push for greater gun safety in his state, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed three firearms bills approved by lawmakers during the state’s 2015 legislative session, despite a state Senate committee refusing to pass 10 of his gun-control measures in January.”
 
* And a fascinating report from Andrew Sprung about unintended consequences in the ACA: “Red-state governors and legislatures that refused the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion were probably aiming to help the ACA die the death they thought it deserved. Oddly enough, those refusals have propped up enrollment in private health plans on HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 4.1.15