Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 9.17.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* About 10 minutes ago, the House approved a White House request to help train anti-ISIS rebels in Syria. The measure passed, 273 to 156, and will be added to a spending bill (continuing resolution) that funds the government through mid-December.
 
* Syria: “In Talbiseh and across Syria, insurgent fighters who oppose both the government of President Bashar al-Assad and the foreign-led militants of the extremist group called the Islamic State are being pummeled by a new wave of attacks and assassination attempts.”
 
* Here’s hoping this doesn’t prompt GOP lawmakers to change their minds: “The White House said Wednesday it supports House passage of a stopgap spending bill that would keep the government funded through Dec. 11.”
 
* Ebola: “The three West African countries most affected by Ebola could experience a ‘potentially catastrophic blow’ to their economies because of the epidemic, the World Bank Group warned Wednesday.”
 
* The Fed: “The Federal Reserve on Wednesday released details of its plan to reverse nearly six years of easy money as it nears the end of its trillion-dollar stimulus campaign. The move comes amid an economic recovery that looks increasingly sustainable, even if it is not as robust as anticipated.”
 
* Too careless, too often: “ ‘No one ever doubts that I mean what I say,’ Vice President Joe Biden told a group of lawyers in a speech before the Legal Services Corporation. ‘The problem is I sometimes say all that I mean.’ The crowd laughed. Then, less than 20 minutes later, he made a remark that was promptly condemned as a ‘medieval stereotype about Jews’ by the Anti-Defamation League.”
 
* She raised a fair point: “Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on Wednesday eviscerated Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, for attacking the Obama administration instead of focusing on attacking ISIS. She criticized him for the way he questioned Secretary of State John Kerry during a hearing on the U.S. plan for combating ISIS.”
 
* Nate Silver has extensive concerns about Sam Wang’s forecasting model (the methodology, not necessarily the results). Wang, of the Princeton Election Consortium, responded soon after.
 
* Something to watch: “People seeking clues about how soon the Supreme Court might weigh in on states’ gay marriage bans should pay close attention to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a Minnesota audience Tuesday.”
 
* Ezra Klein wrote my favorite headline of the day: “Area pundit angry at political science for proving him wrong.”
 
* And if you’ve missed Rachel talking about it on the show, we’ve been updating an online whip count, listing the members of Congress who support a congressional debate and vote on authorizing force against ISIS targets. Have your representatives weighed in? If so, and their names aren’t on our list, email us at Rachel@msnbc.com.
 
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Wednesday's Mini-Report, 9.17.14