Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 4.22.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Yemen: “Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition conducted airstrikes Wednesday in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taiz, hours after Saudi officials had announced they were ending a nearly monthlong military operation against the Houthi rebel group in order to focus on a ‘political process.’”
 
* Earth Day: “Speaking at an Earth Day event in Florida’s scenic Everglades National Park Wednesday, President Obama sought to imbue his environmental message with urgency. ‘We do not have time to deny the effects of climate change,’ Obama said.”
 
* The final vote was 99 to 0: “The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a stalled bill to fight human trafficking, freeing it to consider the nomination of Loretta E. Lynch to be the next attorney general.”
 
* Gun violence isn’t usually funny, but there are exceptions: “France said Wednesday it had foiled a jihadist plot to attack a church after an Algerian who accidentally shot himself was found with a stash of weapons and documents mentioning Islamist militant groups.”
 
* Oklahoma: “Abandoning years of official skepticism, Oklahoma’s government on Tuesday embraced a scientific consensus that earthquakes rocking the state are largely caused by the underground disposal of billions of barrels of wastewater from oil and gas wells.”
 
* West Virginia: “Federal prosecutors plan to review evidence from a state investigation of the fatal shooting of a Virginia man by police in Martinsburg, West Virginia.”
 
* California: “A bill that would require more California children to be vaccinated before they enter school was approved Wednesday by the Senate Education Committee, a week after it stalled when members of the panel voiced concerns that it would deprive many young people of an education.”
 
* NSA reforms: “House negotiators are close to a deal that would effectively end the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk data collection program, and congressional aides believe the bill is likely to win the endorsement of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.), who opposed the legislation last year.”
 
* Newt Gingrich wants Congress to “double the N.I.H. budget.” That sounds great, but I wonder if he realizes his party imposed budget caps that make such a move impossible.
 
* When Bill O’Reilly told his Fox News audience that President Obama has “proposed a whopping 442 tax increases,” his claims are at odds with reality.
 
* Rep. Steve Knight (R-Calif.) told a constituent late last week, “If you touch me again, I’ll drop you’re a**.” That’s different.
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 4.22.15