Today’s edition of quick hits:
* More on this on tonight’s show: “A tiny North Dakota town was evacuated Wednesday after a train carrying crude oil derailed and several cars burst into flames, local authorities said. It is the latest in a string of explosive oil train derailments that have raised concerns about the large volume of crude moving across America’s tracks.”
* Diplomacy matters: “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Djibouti on Wednesday for talks with the government and to visit a key U.S. military base from where pilots fly missions over Yemen and Somalia.”
* Baltimore: “Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has asked the Department of Justice to conduct a civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department to determine if the department has engaged in a pattern of racially biased policing.”
* This wasn’t quite as easy as the prime minister would have liked: “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday signed an agreement with the far-right Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett to make a coalition government, 90 minutes before a midnight deadline, sources told NBC News.”
* Nigeria: “A year ago, a dozen Nigerian troops fighting about 200 Boko Haram militants in the town of Chibok exhausted their ammunition and ran, leaving the road open for the abduction of nearly 300 girls. Today, Nigerian soldiers are rescuing hundreds of kidnapped girls and women from the last forest stronghold of the Islamic insurgents.”
* California: “State data released Tuesday painted a stark portrait of the uphill struggle Californians face in achieving a mandated 25% reduction in urban water use, with one official joking grimly that dealing with severe drought was similar to grappling with the five stages of grief.”
* Elections may have consequences in Canada: “Conservative governments in Alberta have long had a relatively light hand in regulating the oil industry. Suddenly there’s a new, left-leaning NDP government promising to negotiate new climate policies, to increase oil and gas royalties, and to quit lobbying President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. So what will this election mean for those famous oil sands?”
* Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) this morning officially rescinded his executive order establishing a state of emergency in Baltimore.
* Officials in Yemen “urged the international community ‘to quickly intervene by land forces to save’ the country, specifically in the cities of Aden and Taiz, according to a letter sent to the United Nations Security Council by Yemen’s U.N. Ambassador Khaled Alyemany.”
* It’s interesting to see TPP critics on the right attack the proposal as too liberal: “Opponents of giving the Obama administration broad authority to negotiate a trans-Pacific trade deal, including Republican senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, are pushing a new argument: It could trigger a flood of immigrants into the country.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.