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Monday's Mini-Report, 1.15.18

Today's edition of quick hits.

Today's edition of quick hits:

* Iraq: "A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up in central Baghdad early Monday, killing 27 people and injuring scores more in the first major attack in the capital since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State in December."

* Quite a story over the weekend: "Hawaii residents were thrown into a panic Saturday morning after an emergency alert was mistakenly sent, warning them to 'seek immediate shelter' from a ballistic missile threat, and it took emergency officials 38 minutes to send a new alert to mobile phones that the threat was a false alarm."

* How Trump spent the King holiday: "President Trump's first stop Monday was Trump International Golf Club, apparently beginning the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with golf rather than the charitable service the slain civil rights leader's family has urged as the best way to memorialize him."

* How's that swamp-draining exercise going? "A company that once had financial ties to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was one of two firms selected Thursday by the Education Department to help the agency collect overdue student loans. The deal could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars."

* I'll be eager to hear Jared Kushner's solution: "President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority said on Sunday that Israel had killed the Oslo Accords and angrily assailed the Trump administration over its handling of the conflict. He vowed to reject American leadership of any peace talks and urged Palestinians to reconsider their signed agreements with Israel."

* The White House's pal in the Philippines: "A popular news website that has been critical of the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was shut down by the country's securities regulator, a move the company called harassment."

* Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) "told a South Carolina newspaper on Monday that his 'memory hasn't evolved' about the White House meeting in which President Donald Trump reportedly referred to African nations as 'shithole countries.'"

* The background on a big, taxpayer-funded settlement: "Winsome Packer had a plum overseas assignment, an apartment in Vienna and a six-figure salary as an adviser to [Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-Fla.)] when it all came crashing down."

* Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is "stepping down from his role on the House Ethics Committee, citing a 'challenging workload' as the reason for his departure."

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