Today’s edition of quick hits:
* A new approach: “House Oversight and Reform Committee Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is moving to issue a subpoena to obtain 10 years of President Donald Trump’s financial records from accounting firm Mazars USA, the chairman told members of the panel in a memo on Friday.”
* The Acosta controversy isn’t going away: “Senate Democrats are demanding the Department of Justice disclose the full results of an investigation into whether U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is guilty of “professional misconduct” in his handling of a sex crime prosecution against billionaire Jeffrey Epstein over a decade ago.”
* The Sudanese military takes control: “As Sudan’s military announced at lunchtime on Thursday that it had finally unseated President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, a brief burst of joy exploded outside the military headquarters in Khartoum where huge throngs of protesters had massed…. But the euphoria quickly soured when the protesters realized who had replaced Mr. al-Bashir.”
* An unnecessary step backwards: “Three years after the Obama administration told transgender individuals they could serve openly and have access to gender-affirming medical and psychological care, the Trump administration has reversed course. The Pentagon on Friday began to implement a controversial new policy that critics say is essentially a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy for trans service members.”
* A case we’ve been following closely: “A federal judge on Friday sentenced lobbyist W. Samuel Patten to 36 months of probation for funneling $50,000 from foreign nationals to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee. Patten, 47, a longtime Washington operative, will also be required to pay a $5,000 fine and serve 500 hours of ‘hands-on’ community service.”
* Hmm: “Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer won’t commit to retaining the filibuster if Democrats win control of the chamber in 2020, the latest sign of trouble for the Senate’s most hallowed – and controversial – tradition.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.