Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 7.13.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* U.K.: “Theresa May took over as Britain’s prime minister Wednesday, tasked with steering the country through the Brexit crisis. The steely 59-year-old replaced David Cameron, who became the first political casualty of last month’s referendum when he announced his intention to quit hours after the result.”
 
* A rather ridiculous choice: “Former London Mayor and Brexit backer Boris Johnson – who once called President Obama ‘hypocritical’ and ‘perverse’ – will now represent his country on international affairs. Johnson was named Britain’s foreign secretary by Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday – on her first day in office.”
 
* ISIS: “Even as it launches waves of terrorist attacks around the globe, the Islamic State is quietly preparing its followers for the eventual collapse of the caliphate it proclaimed with great fanfare two years ago.”
 
* Unlikely: “People attending the Olympics in Brazil next month are unlikely to accelerate the spread of Zika virus around the world, U.S. federal health officials said Wednesday.”
 
* City officials in Cleveland “are planning to pass legislation Wednesday to ensure that transgender people can use public bathrooms that match their gender identity – a poke in the eye to GOP officials, including Donald Trump, who oppose such efforts and will be in the city next week for the Republican National Convention.”
 
* Good for John Brennan: “The head of the CIA reiterated on Wednesday that he would not allow his agency to carry out brutal interrogations like those called for by Donald Trump, and appeared to suggest he would step down if a future president demanded him to do so.”
 
* There’s more than one kind of gun death: “In the past three months, America experienced the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, with 49 people killed in Orlando, and new data showed that suicide rates have reached a three-decade high. Although mass shootings get most of the attention, experts say that the growing suicide rate reveals the much bigger effect of widespread firearm availability in the United States – and claim thousands more lives.”
 
* It’s about time: “The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Carla D. Hayden to serve as the first African-American and the first woman to lead the Library of Congress. Hayden, who now leads Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library, will serve a 10-year, renewal term, under term limits set by Congress. The confirmation vote was 74-18.”
 
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Wednesday's Mini-Report, 7.13.16