Friday’s Mini-Report, 1.18.19

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Remember, according to the U.S. leader, these two fell in love: “President Donald Trump plans to meet face-to-face with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month for a second nuclear summit, the White House announced Friday.”

* The coda to a remarkable story: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California postponed an official trip to Europe and Afghanistan citing security concerns on Friday after President Trump grounded her military flight and divulged the itinerary, and White House officials leaked a secret plan for her and the lawmakers accompanying her to fly commercially.”

* Did Graham fly commercial? “Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has met with U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham to discuss the situation in Syria as the United States prepares to withdraw troops.”

* I hope everyone saw Rachel’s segment on this interesting story: “A global New York-based law firm has agreed to pay $4.6 million to settle a Justice Department investigation into whether its work for a Russia-aligned Ukrainian government violated lobbying laws.”

* A warning the White House needs to see: “Flooding, drought and wildfires driven by climate change pose threats to two-thirds of the U.S. military’s installations, the Defense Department said in a new report required by Congress.”

* He really does learn so much from watching TV: “President Donald Trump was startled Tuesday as he watched television coverage of his nominee for attorney general describing a warm relationship with the special counsel Robert Mueller in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to three people familiar with the matter.”

* Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) finds an ally: “On Thursday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R.-Tex.), known for making controversial statements of his own, defended his colleague and claims that King is not getting due process.”

* File this story about Kyle Gerald Prall away for future reference: “Texas man has been indicted in federal court on counts including mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering that stem from allegations that he raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for fraudulent political committees.”

* I understand the context, but I also think an apology was the right call: “Republican Rep. Jason Smith called Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas and apologized Thursday for blurting out ‘Go back to Puerto Rico’ while Cárdenas was waiting to speak on the House floor.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Friday's Mini-Report, 1.18.19