Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 6.29.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Turkey: “Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport reopened on Wednesday morning, hours after a coordinated terror attack blamed on ISIS left dozens dead, scores wounded and blood streaked throughout the arrivals hall.”
 
* On alert: “With U.S. intelligence increasingly confident that the Istanbul airport attack was the work of ISIS, officials are stepping up security at American airports – some concerned about possible plots coinciding with the Fourth of July holiday and the Muslim Ramadan holiday, others seeking to reassure travelers with a visible show of force.”
 
* Really, Rio? “Parts of a mutilated body washed up on the sands of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, police said, just meters from where beach volleyball athletes will compete in the upcoming Olympics.”
 
* Today’s Senate vote was 68 to 32: “Just two days before Puerto Rico is expected to miss a large debt payment, the Senate on Wednesday morning all but ensured that Congress would soon send President Obama a relief measure intended to help the financially desperate island surmount its fiscal crisis.”
 
* Our friends to the north: “President Obama arrived in the Canadian capital on Wednesday to meet the leaders of Canada and Mexico in a summit meeting that will be his North American farewell, as well as a debut of sorts for Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, who recalls Mr. Obama’s youthful image and has inherited his mantle of change.”
 
* As “Prime Minister’s Questions” go, today’s session was unusually lively: “Pressure intensified on Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to resign on Wednesday, with Britain’s outgoing prime minister, the country’s last Labour prime minister and Corbyn’s predecessor as Labour leader all urging him to step aside.” At one point, David Cameron quite literally said, “For heaven’s sake, man, go!”
 
* Michigan “leapt at the promise of charter schools 23 years ago, betting big that choice and competition would improve public schools. It got competition, and chaos. Detroit schools have long been in decline academically and financially. But over the past five years, divisive politics and educational ideology and a scramble for money have combined to produced a public education fiasco that is perhaps unparalleled in the United States.”
 
* Cancer initiative: “The White House sponsored a giant national cancer ‘moonshot’ pep rally Wednesday, organizing more than 270 events aimed at boosting support for the effort to speed up cancer research. Government agencies, academic researchers, cancer advocacy groups and companies all pledged cash and cooperation to get past competitive barriers that experts say often slow advances in research of the disease.”
 
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Wednesday's Mini-Report, 6.29.16