Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Unexpected news on ICE: “President Donald Trump has withdrawn his nomination of Ron Vitiello, a longtime border official, to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a document sent to members of Congress on Thursday and obtained by NBC News.”
* Census: “A federal judge in Maryland ruled Friday against the government’s addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the third decision against the Trump administration on the issue.”
* I don’t think this will work: “Lawyers for Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, told congressional lawmakers in a letter on Thursday that Mr. Cohen can best help their oversight inquiries if he remains out of prison to sift through millions of his documents – and they asked the help of Democrats in persuading prosecutors to help him do so.”
* Fascinating research: “Each year, state lawmakers across the U.S. introduce thousands of bills dreamed up and written by corporations, industry groups and think tanks. Disguised as the work of lawmakers, these so-called ‘model’ bills get copied in one state Capitol after another, quietly advancing the agenda of the people who write them.”
* To scrutinize Trump is to talk to the banks: “Three powerful House committee chairs asked Capital One for documents last month related to President Donald Trump’s business empire – and the financial giant said it was already preserving documents but needs a subpoena in order to comply, according to letters obtained by POLITICO.”
* It’s kind of amazing to learn that Donald Trump’s father was born in a building that is now a New York bodega – run by a African family of Muslim immigrants who recognize the irony of the circumstances.
* And best wishes for a speedy recovery to the estimable Jared Bernstein, who recently had a brain hemorrhage. Jared’s a great economist, but more importantly, he’s a first-rate mensch.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.