Friday’s Mini-Report, 5.22.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* More on this on the show tonight: “The State Department has released over 800 pages of emails sent and received on Hillary Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.”
 
* Clinton responds: “After the event, Clinton, took questions from the press for the second time this week. She defended her use of private emails after being asked by NBC’s Andrea Mitchell. ‘All of the information in the emails has handled appropriately,’ she replied, adding that she was glad the emails are coming out. ‘I want people to be able to see all of them.’”
 
* A dash of reality: “Conspiracy-minded conservatives, be warned: The trove of Clinton emails don’t prove much about her culpability for the infamous 9/11 anniversary attacks.”
 
* No rush: “Janet L. Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, said on Friday that she still expected the Fed to start raising its benchmark interest rate later this year.”
 
* Refugio oil spill: “Officials at the company that owns the pipe that ruptured and spilled up to 105,000 gallons of heavy crude in Santa Barbara County said Friday they will not appeal a federal order to take corrective steps.”
 
* California’s water crisis: “California water regulators have accepted an unprecedented proposal from Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta farmers to voluntarily cut water use by 25% – or fallow a quarter of their cropland – in an effort to avoid harsher, government-imposed cuts.”
 
* A historic opportunity: “Irish citizens in places as far-flung as Australia and California were flying back to their home country on Friday to cast ballots in a referendum that could make Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage by a popular vote.”
 
* What was he thinking? “To the right stands former Virginia delegate Joe Morrissey, 57, a Democrat running for a Virginia state Senate seat as an Independent after Democratic Party officials rejected his attempt to seek office. Joining Morrissey are his 19-year-old receptionist, Myrna Pride, and their 9-week-old son Chase, a child Morrissey publicly acknowledged as his son for the first time Wednesday.”
 
* Something to look out for: “The Obama administration is expected in the coming days to announce a major clean water regulation that would restore the federal government’s authority to limit pollution in the nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands. Environmentalists have praised the new rule, calling it an important step that would lead to significantly cleaner natural bodies of water and healthier drinking water.”
 
* HHS still trying to work with Florida on a solution to its self-imposed mess: “Federal health officials told Florida on Thursday that the state should expect big reductions in future years for a hospital payment program that’s at the crux of a political stalemate blocking passage of a new state budget.”
 
* As of last night, the Senate has managed to confirm just four judicial nominees this year. It’s ridiculous, but not unexpected.
 
* Are health-insurance rates poised to see a 50% jump? Not really.
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 5.22.15