Friday’s Mini-Report, 3.11.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Michigan: “Gov. Rick Snyder today called for an immediate and full joint investigation of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services by the state’s Auditor General and the DHHS Inspector General.”
 
* St. Louis: “Scores of protesters heckled Donald Trump at a rally in St. Louis on Friday, adding to ongoing demonstrations by locals who oppose the Republican presidential front-runner and his often divisive policy proposals. Protesters interrupted his stump speech at the Peabody Opera House in downtown St. Louis at least six times…. ‘Go home and get a job,’ he told them.’”
 
* Adam Szubin is headed to the Senate floor: “The U.S. Senate committee responsible for financial-industry oversight has advanced President Barack Obama’s pick for a leading anti-terrorism role, signaling that the panel may be ready to act on other key nominees after more than a year of inaction.”
 
* Eric Fanning is headed to the Senate floor, too: “A Senate committee voted unanimously Thursday to confirm Eric Fanning as the next Secretary of the Army. His nomination now heads to the full Senate, where, if he’s confirmed, he’ll become the first openly gay person to hold the top military post.”
 
* Debate ratings: “One week after ratings soared to a 2016 high with an insult-ridden Republican debate on Fox News Channel, viewership fell off about 30% for CNN’s rather civil get-together last night.”
 
* Oregon: “The federal government on Wednesday leveled additional charges against Ammon Bundy and dozens of others who staged an armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. One weapons allegation carries the possibility of life in prison.”
 
* Veterans: “As the Wounded Warrior Project suffers fallout following the ousting of two top executive in the wake of a spending scandal, other charities that work with American veterans were left wondering whether the high-flying non-profit’s fall from grace would affect them.”
 
* North Korea “fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan Thursday morning, in clear defiance of U.N. resolutions, as tensions on the Korean Peninsula mount.”
 
* West Virginia: “Overriding the governor’s veto for the fourth time this year, West Virginia lawmakers put a ban on a common second-trimester abortion method into law on Thursday.”
 
* At last night’s state dinner with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Obama had a little fun at Ted Cruz’s expense. “Where else could a boy born in Calgary run for president of the United States?” the president said.
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 3.11.16