Friday’s Mini-Report, 7.20.18

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Ohio State: “More than 100 former Ohio State University students have reported being victims of sexual misconduct by a former school physician over two decades ago, a university spokesman said Friday.”

* Israel: “The conflict between Israel and Hamas escalated in Gaza on Friday after a Palestinian sniper killed an Israeli soldier along the border fence and Israel responded with what its military described as ‘a wide-scale attack’ against Hamas military targets.”

* GOP senators caved to the White House (again): “Republicans have agreed to water down legislation designed to punish Chinese telecom company ZTE, delivering a victory to President Donald Trump, according to a person close to negotiations in Congress.”

* Trade war: “President Donald Trump has indicated that he is willing to slap tariffs on every Chinese good imported to the U.S. should the need arise. ‘I’m ready to go to 500,’ the president told CNBC’s Joe Kernen in a ‘Squawk Box’ interview aired Friday.”

* Rod Rosenstein’s announcement from late yesterday: “The Justice Department plans to alert the public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy under a new policy designed to counter hacking and disinformation campaigns such as the one Russia undertook in 2016 to disrupt the presidential election.”

* Bill Shine, Donald Trump’s new White House communications chief, was subpoenaed last year “by a federal grand jury in New York as part of a criminal investigation into Fox News’s handling of sexual harassment complaints, according to a document viewed by The New York Times.”

* “Expedited” doesn’t sound encouraging: “The Interior Department has commissioned an expedited environmental review of the impact of leasing part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas drilling, according to a document released under the Freedom of Information Act.”

* Congress’ newest caucus: “On Thursday, progressive House Democrats announced the formation of a Medicare for All caucus of members who support moving to a single-payer health care system.”

* He had quite a run there, didn’t he? “Ta-Nehisi Coates is leaving his position as a national correspondent for The Atlantic, a publication where he has emerged as one of the country’s top reporters and thinkers. He has not signed on with a competing publication.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Friday's Mini-Report, 7.20.18