Friday’s Mini-Report, 6.12.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* California’s water crisis: “For the first time in nearly 40 years, California regulators are telling more than 100 irrigation districts and others with some of the oldest water rights in the state that they have to stop pumping supplies from drought-starved rivers and streams in the Central Valley.”
 
* A first-of-its-kind case: “A former Republican political operative convicted in a first-ever federal criminal case of illegal coordination between a campaign and a purportedly independent ally was sentenced Friday to two years in prison – a lighter punishment than prosecutors sought but one that might still serve to send a message about the crime.”
 
* Germany: “Germany’s federal prosecutor said on Friday that he had dropped a formal investigation into allegations of eavesdropping on one of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphones by an American intelligence agency because of a lack of concrete evidence.”
 
* Here’s to a speedy recovery: “Secretary of State John Kerry was set to leave the hospital Friday afternoon, nearly two weeks after breaking his leg in a bicycling accident and raising questions about his future role in the Iran nuclear talks.”
 
* Net neutrality: “The new federal rules for net neutrality were allowed to take effect on Friday after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a motion to stay the regulation.”
 
* Rachel Dolezal: “The president of a local chapter of the NAACP who has identified as partially black on official documents is ‘Caucasian by birth,’ according to her parents, who are accusing her of misrepresenting her identity.”
 
* Oregon’s new governor is scoring some worthwhile wins, isn’t she? “With Gov. Kate Brown’s signature Thursday, Oregon women will be the first in the nation who can get a year’s supply of birth control with one prescription.”
 
Kansas “faced the prospect of deep funding cuts to schools, prisons and other programs after the Republican-controlled House on Thursday rejected a plan supported by Gov. Sam Brownback that would have raised sales and cigarette taxes to close a budget deficit.”
 
* Some good advice from Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.): “Republicans must stop derailing the Benghazi committee.”
 
* Apparently, this isn’t a joke: “Bloomberg Politics co-managing editor Mark Halperin is scheduled to conduct a ‘Sunrise Pilates’ session co-hosted by Ann Romney at a retreat for wealthy Republican donors.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Friday's Mini-Report, 6.12.15