Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 7.22.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* South Carolina: “Dylann Roof, the man accused in the mass shooting last month at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on 33 counts, including federal hate crime charges, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced.”
 
* An important detail: “A service member opened fire on the Chattanooga gunman after he crashed the gates of a military reserve center last week, an FBI investigator disclosed on Wednesday.”
 
* Related news: “A Lawyer representing the uncle of Chattanooga gunman Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez says his client has been questioned for five days by the FBI and Jordanian intelligence without access to a lawyer.”
 
* Iran: “The Washington Post appealed to the United Nations on Wednesday to help secure the release of jailed reporter Jason Rezaian, accusing the Iranian government of flagrant human rights violations in a year of ‘arbitrary and unlawful’ detention of the veteran journalist, company officials said.”
 
* Though nearly all recent polling shows Americans endorsing international nuclear diplomacy with Iran, a Pew Research Center poll found a plurality disapproving of the deal, with Republican taking their cues from party leaders and turning against the agreement.
 
* Afghanistan: “After suffering setbacks and heavy casualties at the hands of the Taliban in 2014, Afghan security forces came into this year with what Afghan and Western officials acknowledge were relatively modest goals: hang on till the end of the fighting season without major collapses.”
 
* Keep expectations low: “Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that he has ‘some significant issues’ with the 1,030-page highway bill that was unveiled by Republican leaders in the Senate on Tuesday.”
 
* Apparently, in far-right circles, “outrage over AFFH” is the cool new thing. Now I need to figure out what AFFH is.
 
* House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is open to an “overall review” of where the Voting Rights Act stands. Do any of his Republican colleagues agree?
 
* “How to Destroy Your Cell Phone,” with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 7.22.15