Friday’s Mini-Report, 3.22.19

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* This is not a drill: “Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday wrapped up his nearly two-year investigation into Donald Trump and Russia and sent his report to Attorney General Barr.”

* Afghanistan: “Two U.S. service members were killed on Friday while conducting an operation in Afghanistan, according to a statement from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Kabul.”

* Brexit: “British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday won approval of her request for an extension to the deadline for the U.K. to exit the European Union, delaying the departure until either early April or late May.”

* Moving backwards:” North Korea staff members said they were pulling out due to instructions from ‘the superior authority,’ according to South Korea, which expressed its regret for the decision and hoped the North would soon return. The office opened last year amid detente between the two Koreas to facilitate close communication for joint projects.”

* It’s as if everything that was said about Hillary Clinton’s emails in 2016 meant nothing: “The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee revealed information on Thursday that he said showed Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner used private messaging services for official White House business in a way that may have violated federal records laws.”

* Expect litigation: “Phil Bryant, the Republican governor of Mississippi, on Thursday signed a bill largely banning abortions once doctors can detect a trace of a fetal heartbeat with an ultrasound, a milestone that can come as early as six weeks into pregnancy.”

* Guilty plea: “A Florida man has pleaded guilty to sending a wave of pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump. Cesar Sayoc entered the plea Thursday before a federal judge in New York.”

* Virginia: “Schools in Charlottesville, Virginia, remained closed for a second consecutive day on Friday as police investigated a threat of racist violence against non-white students that had been posted online, officials said.”

* In related news: “A 17-year-old was arrested and charged Friday in connection with a racist online threat that prompted Charlottesville city schools to close Thursday and Friday, police said.”

* I don’t want to alarm anyone, but the Republican tax cuts didn’t pay for themselves: “The federal government ran a budget deficit of $234 billion in February, the Treasury Department reported on Friday, the biggest monthly shortfall on record.”

* That’s quite a statistic: “Counties that hosted a 2016 Trump rally saw a 226 percent increase in hate crimes.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Friday's Mini-Report, 3.22.19