Quick Takes

* Here is the news from Cleveland today:

After more than a year of investigation, a Cleveland grand jury declined to bring charges against either of the two police officers involved in the November 2014 shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was playing with a toy weapon in a park…

“The outcome will not cheer anyone, nor should it,” McGinty said. “Simply put, given this perfect storm of human error, mistakes and miscommunications by all involved that day, the evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police.”

I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me that our legal system has a category for when “human error” results in the death of an innocent person. It’s called manslaughter.

The unjustifiable, inexcusable, and intentional killing of a human being without deliberation, premeditation, and malice. The unlawful killing of a human being without any deliberation, which may be involuntary, in the commission of a lawful act without due caution and circumspection.

* We’re hearing some good news from Iraq today:

A triumphant Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared on Monday that the coming year will see his forces defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) , after his military achieved its first major victory since collapsing in the face of the fighters 18 months ago.

Iraqi forces flew the national flag above the main government complex in Ramadi earlier in the day, declaring they had recaptured the city, a provincial capital west of Baghdad which fell to ISIS fighters in May.

* Students at the University of California are having an impact.

The University of California system has sold about $30 million of its holdings in companies that operate private prisons after students voiced their opposition to such investments.

* I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but Mark Cuban wrote something very perceptive about Donald Trump.

Donald can talk for hours and say nothing of true substance. But every few sentences he is going to spout out Headline Porn that is going to fit in 140 characters or so and unquestionably have to be discussed by “The Political Shows”…

The value for Donald in this coverage isnt so much that the viewers of “the shows” become Trump supporters. Its the fact that the Porn becomes the focal point of all discussions and even when its not, its the squeaking springs lurking in the background. He prevents other candidates and “the shows” from being able to seriously discuss issues by overwhelming them.

* Finally, amidst all that we have left to accomplish in 2016, let’s end the day with 11 Reasons Why 2015 Was a Great Year for Humanity.

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Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.