Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 7.29.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* A murder charge in Ohio: “A University of Cincinnati officer was indicted for murder Wednesday for fatally shooting an unarmed black man in the head following a routine traffic stop earlier this month.  A Cincinnati grand jury has decided to indict University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing in the July 19 death of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose, who was pulled over for not having a front license plate on his car.”
 
* There’s skepticism because we’ve seen reports like these before: “The Taliban’s longtime leader Mullah Omar was dead, the Afghan government announced Wednesday after a day of feverish speculation. ‘I can confirm that Mullah Omar is dead,’ the spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security Abdul Hassib Sediqi told NBC News.”
 
* Economy: “The Federal Reserve offered a slightly more upbeat assessment of the economy Wednesday but provided little insight into when it will raise its benchmark interest rate for the first time in nearly a decade.”
 
* EPA: “The Obama administration has decided to give states more time to comply with proposed regulations that will require dramatic cuts in greenhouse-gas pollution from power plants, people familiar with the plans said Tuesday.”
 
* GOP in disarray: “House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) brushed off a challenge to his leadership from Rep. Mark Meadows (R., N.C.) on Wednesday, but not without showing some irritation.”
 
* He doesn’t have much of a choice: “President Obama would sign a three-month highway funding bill, the White House said Wednesday, though it ripped Republicans in Congress for failing to agree on a long-term solution.”
 
* Minimum wage: “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is throwing her weight behind the $15 minimum wage, joining a growing chorus of liberals on and off Capitol Hill who support more than doubling the current $7.25 rate.”
 
* Set your Panic Calendars now: “Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told Congress on Wednesday that the nation should be able to continue paying its bills until at least Oct. 30, but lawmakers need to extend the debt limit because of economic uncertainty.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 7.29.15