Friday’s Mini-Report, 2.23.18

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* But wait, there’s more: “Special counsel Robert Mueller is accusing President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman of secretly paying former European politicians to lobby on behalf of Ukraine.”

* North Korea: “President Trump announced the ‘heaviest’ set of U.S. sanctions against North Korea on Friday as his administration redoubles its efforts to starve Pyongyang of resources and force the isolated regime to abandon its nuclear ambitions.”

* Florida: “Gov. Rick Scott and Florida lawmakers proposed major changes Friday to gun laws, school safety improvements and more money for mental health in response to the killings of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.”

* That’s just three months from now: “The Trump administration plans to officially move the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May to mark the 70th anniversary of the creation of the state, two American officials said on Friday.”

* On a related note: “The Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, four U.S. officials told The Associated Press.”

* Capitol Hill: “The House is shortening its Feb. 26 work week, canceling votes that Wednesday and Thursday, for the late Rev. Billy Graham to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda.”

* Seems like a problem: “A Trump-appointed federal judge who donated to the Trump campaign and worked on his presidential transition team has rejected requests to recuse himself from overseeing a legal battle involving Fusion GPS, the research firm that commissioned the so-called ‘dossier’ of unverified intelligence that contains claims about Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.”

* Oregon: “Fueled by anguished voices in the aftermath of the Florida high school shooting, Oregon’s Legislature on Thursday banned people convicted of stalking and domestic violence or under restraining orders from buying or owning firearms and ammunition.”

* Brutal: “A survivor of the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, just threw some brutal shade at Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)…. In a tweet referencing the AR-15 rifle, which the shooter allegedly used to kill 17 people at her school last week, Chadwick proposed nicknaming the weapon after the senator ‘because they’re so easy to buy.’”

* And on a purely personal note, I thought I’d note that this date has a special significance to me: I began blogging exactly 15 years ago today, unable to imagine where the endeavor might take me. Thanks to each of you for reading.

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Friday's Mini-Report, 2.23.18