Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 5.4.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* A horrific scene: “A catastrophic wildfire continued to devour neighborhoods in the Canadian oil-sands city of Fort McMurray on Wednesday, after 88,000 residents were safely evacuated, officials said.”
 
* Michigan: “Gov. Rick Snyder was loudly booed and heckled when he spoke to about 1,000 students, teachers and Flint residents at Northwestern High School Wednesday. ‘I understand why you’re frustrated and angry,’ Snyder said as he fought to be heard over the catcalls, speaking in advance of an address by President Barack Obama.”
 
* Related news: “President Obama drank from a glass of what he said was filtered Flint water at a Flint food bank Wednesday as he vouched for the safety of certified filters and encouraged most city residents to start drinking filtered water instead of bottled water.”
 
* Syria: “A new partial truce in Syria has been extended to the divided city of Aleppo, United States officials and Syrian state television declared on Wednesday, after days of diplomacy by American and Russian envoys to halt catastrophic fighting there. But the details of the partial truce – and whether it imposed new conditions on the Syrian government, insurgents or their international backers – remained murky, with no immediate confirmation of the deal from Russia.”
 
* The officer supports the mission, but believes Congress has a responsibility to authorize it: “A 28-year-old Army officer on Wednesday sued President Obama over the legality of the war against the Islamic State, setting up a test of Mr. Obama’s disputed claim that he needs no new legal authority from Congress to order the military to wage that deepening mission.”
 
* Stonewall’s legacy: “President Obama is poised to declare the first-ever national monument recognizing the struggle for gay rights, singling out a sliver of green space and part of the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood as the birthplace of America’s modern gay liberation movement.”
 
* The Justice Department “has dropped its case against an Oakland medical marijuana collective, ending a four-year battle over what is considered the largest medical pot dispensary in the nation.”
 
* A case we’ve been watching: “A federal judge ruled in favor of Gov. Paul LePage in his court battle with House Speaker Mark Eves on Tuesday, dismissing Eves’ lawsuit against the Republican chief executive.”
 
* That’s pretty scary, actually: “[A newly published study] shows that ‘medical errors’ in hospitals and other health care facilities are incredibly common and may now be the third leading cause of death in the United States – claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 5.4.16