Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 8.17.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Louisiana: “The forecast for Louisiana on Wednesday was for more rain – and more pain. With the state still swamped by historic flooding that has left at least 11 dead and displaced tens of thousands more, the National Weather Service warned the deadly deluge was far from done.”
 
* A striking related detail: “The country has not seen a natural disaster this bad since 2012, when Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast, according to the American Red Cross.”
 
* California: “More than 82,000 people were under mandatory evacuation orders Wednesday as a fast-moving fire near San Bernardino, Calif., roared across 15,000 acres in several directions.”
 
* Quite a shift: “A prominent Iranian lawmaker has confirmed that Russia is using Iran’s Shahid Nojeh Air Base for airstrikes in Syria…. The announcement from Russia marks the first significant stationing of its troops in Iran since World War II.”
 
* NSA: “Some of the most powerful espionage tools created by the National Security Agency’s elite group of hackers have been revealed in recent days, a development that could pose severe consequences for the spy agency’s operations and the security of government and corporate computers.”
 
* Defection: “A high-ranking diplomat from North Korea who was based in Britain has defected to South Korea, officials in Seoul said Wednesday, making him one of the most prominent North Koreans in recent years to abandon their reclusive government.”

* Good call: “The Obama administration on Tuesday issued aggressive new emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks. The rules are expected to achieve better fuel efficiency and a bigger cut in pollution than the version that was first proposed last year.”
 
* The FBI on Tuesday “forcefully defended its decision not to criminally charge Hillary Clinton in connection with her use of a private email server as secretary of state in a letter to lawmakers that laid out its rationale for refusing to do so.”
 
* Speaks volumes: “On Cinco de Mayo, Trump happened to be eating a taco bowl for lunch at his desk in Trump Tower. Manafort was in the office with other aides when a member of the family suggested they tweet a picture of Trump enjoying his ‘Mexican’ lunch. Manafort politely suggested that this might be seen as condescending and cautioned against it. The tweet went out. Trump himself was delighted by the resulting controversy. ‘The people who were offended were people we wanted to offend,’ he later said.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 8.17.16