Friday’s Mini-Report, 7.6.18

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Family separations: “Government lawyers said Friday that they cannot locate the parents of 38 migrant children under the age of 5, as a federal judge indicated he is open to extending the deadline for reuniting nearly 3,000 children separated from their mothers and fathers while crossing the US-Mexico border.”

* To paraphrase Yoda, begun, the trade-war has: “A trade war between the world’s two largest economies officially began on Friday morning as the Trump administration followed through with its threat to impose tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese products, a significant escalation of a fight that could hurt companies and consumers in both the United States and China.”

* In related news: “They voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump, but generations of red-state farmers are bracing for impact on Friday with the knowledge that his trade war could destroy their livelihood – and alter the agricultural map forever.”

* Despite what Trump tweeted, this had nothing to do with the merits of the allegations: “A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump’s campaign and former Trump adviser Roger Stone conspired with Russia and WikiLeaks to publish hacked Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 presidential race.”

* In case you missed this one: “A federal judge on Thursday rejected the bulk of a Trump administration demand to block three California sanctuary laws, allowing the state to keep in place its most significant legislative measures aimed at countering President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration.”

* This is such a strange story: “A former Playboy model has sued top GOP donor Eliott Broidy over his decision to end a hush money agreement related to their extramarital affair that was brokered by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.”

* True to form, now that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) believes Pruitt’s many scandals “necessitated a leadership change.” A little late, big guy.

* I wonder if she’s spoken to her boss: “The Trump administration’s ambassador to NATO said Thursday that no discussions are underway regarding withdrawal of U.S. troops in Germany, which she said remain an integral part of U.S. and alliance security strategy.”

* File this away for future reference: there are a grand total of five “liberal-leaning decisions” in which Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts “joined his liberal colleagues and actually changed the outcome by doing so.”

* Trump keeps arguing that the European Union was “set up to take advantage of the United States,” and it’s important to understand how very wrong he is.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.