Friday’s Mini-Report, 5.23.14

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Guantanamo: “A Federal District Court judge late Thursday lifted an order that had barred the military from force-feeding a hunger-striking Guantanamo detainee, and sharply rebuked the Obama administration for refusing to compromise over procedures she said caused ‘agony.’”
 
* Coup consequences: “The U.S. has suspended $3.5 million in aid to Thailand following a military coup earlier this week, the State Department said Friday. The Obama administration is also reviewing the remaining $7 million in assistance it provides annually to Thailand, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Friday.”
 
* Ukraine: “[A]n anti-Russia Ukrainian militia has killed one of the pro-Russia separatists who’ve been fighting the Ukrainian government in the country’s east.”
* It’s official: “Julian Castro … is now ascending to the cabinet level. President Obama on Friday nominated the San Antonio mayor to take over as the next secretary of Housing and Urban Development. If confirmed by the Senate, Castro will replace Shaun Donovan, who was chosen to head the White House Office of Management and Budget.”
 
* Sterling: “Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s desire for his wife, Shelly, to negotiate the forced sale of the franchise would only proceed if the NBA allowed her to ‘retain some ownership,’ a Sterling confidant said Friday.”
 
* Grimm: “The House Ethics Committee voted to form a subcommittee to investigate Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) after he was indicted on 20 criminal charges last month. However, it also recommended that the panel defer any action at the request of the Justice Department.”
 
* Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki published a message to veterans on the VA’s blog late yesterday, vowing to delivering “the high quality benefits you have earned and deserve.”
 
* Back to the drawing board at the IRS? “The Internal Revenue Service said Thursday that it has delayed and is revamping new rules intended to curb political activity by tax-exempt groups and that were proposed after the agency was accused last year of targeting Tea Party groups.”
 
* Seems like a smart move: “The Justice Department said Thursday that the F.B.I. and other federal law enforcement agencies would be required to videotape interviews with suspects in most instances, bringing the federal government in line with the practices in many state and local jurisdictions.”
 
* With so many states imposing new and unnecessary restrictions on voting, it’s good to see Massachusetts and Gov. Deval Patrick (D) moving in the opposite, more progressive direction.
 
* It’s only a matter of time: “North Dakota’s same-sex marriage ban is the last remaining state ban not taken to court – for now…. North Dakota is home to the fewest self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered individuals, according to a 2012 Gallup poll.”
 
* A smart piece from the estimable E.J. Dionne Jr.: “We all wonder if the reform conservatives can change their movement. But first, we ought to wonder if they really want to.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 5.23.14

Updated