Friday’s Mini-Report, 11.14.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* On to the Senate: “The Republican-led House approved the Keystone XL pipeline for the ninth time on Friday, with the Senate poised to vote on the measure next week in an effort to boost Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s re-election chances.”
 
* Would President Obama veto? It sure looks like it.
 
* Important: ‘Swedish officials said Friday that a mysterious vessel detected in the waters off Stockholm last month was a foreign submarine that had violated its territorial waters. Although many in Sweden and elsewhere suspected that the submarine was Russian, the Swedish authorities said they were unable to determine the nationality of the intruder. Russia has denied conducting any recent operations in Swedish waters.”
 
* Related news: “Vladimir Putin is underlining his presence at a major summit of world leaders in Australia by stationing warships in waters off the country’s northeastern coast, prompting the Australian prime minister to angrily accuse Russia of trying to reclaim the ‘lost glories’ of the Soviet Union.”
 
* 300 million miles away: “Less than two days after its historic landing, Rosetta’s probe may be reaching its final hours, and the scientific team is racing to collect as much data as possible before Philae’s batteries run out. It’s do or die, and at this point there’s very little to lose in terms of its lifespan.”
 
* Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act begins tomorrow. The website works.
 
* Policymakers would be wise to take note: “The nation’s nuclear forces lack resources, support and effective leadership, a legacy of neglect that could impact America’s security, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday.”
 
* Don’t panic: “A surgeon working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and will be flown Saturday to the United States for treatment, officials from Sierra Leone and the United States said.”
 
* Secret Service: “Layer after layer of security measures that were supposed to block an intruder from getting into the White House all failed in stunning succession on the evening of Sept. 19, according to an internal review of a fence jumper’s breach.”
 
* Cabinet: “Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch said Thursday he believes U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch will get approved by the Senate to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, but that the confirmation process should wait until after the new Senate has taken office in January. ‘Looking at it, I have to say, she looks like she will be a good person,’ said Hatch on the Steve Malzberg Show.”
 
* In 1983, American health regulators stopped allowing gay men to donate blood. More than three decades later, this ridiculous policy is still in place, though it’s finally poised to change.
 
* Interesting story: “The U.S. Treasury Department soon will take some student borrowers’ accounts away from private debt collectors and give them to federal workers, an ambitious new pilot project that may result in the government cutting out the student loan middlemen who have gotten rich targeting distressed borrowers.”
 
* Maybe he should have recused himself from the process? “Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas, before leaving office in January, plans to issue a pardon to his son, who was convicted of a felony drug offense more than a decade ago.”
 
* Ed Kilgore suspects Peggy Noonan is completely detached from reality. He appears to be onto something.
 
* The more Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) complains about net neutrality, the more convinced I am that he has no idea what net neutrality is.
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 11.14.14