Friday’s Mini-Report, 8.24.18

Updated

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Hurricane Lane: “Nearly two feet of rain fell on parts of Hawaii’s Big Island as Hurricane Lane approached the state early Friday, causing heavy flooding and landslides that blocked roads — with the worst still yet to come, according to forecasters.”

* Every Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee wants Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing delayed, citing the “possibility of criminal wrongdoing by the president, doubts that Judge Kavanaugh believes a president can even be investigated, and the unprecedented lack of transparency regarding this nominee’s record.” Their appeal will be ignored.

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “hinted today in a briefing to reporters in Lithuania that he doesn’t think President Trump should put his peace plan forward at the current time.”

* Going nowhere fast: “Trade talks between the U.S. and China failed to produce any visible sign of progress, reducing the prospects of a deal soon, people closely tracking the talks said.”

* Australia has had six prime ministers in the last decade: “Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian prime minister who was forced out of office after a brutal leadership showdown on Friday, once likened the country’s revolving door political leadership to a soap opera or a gangster movie…. This week, however, Turnbull became the latest victim of Australia’s habit of removing prime ministers midway through an electoral cycle.”

* The crisis is far from over: “The Trump administration has still not reunited over 500 migrant children with their parents after separating families at the border in recent months, according to a court filing on Thursday.”

* Two years after American intelligence agencies heard from knowledgeable Russian sources, “the vital Kremlin informants have largely gone silent, leaving the C.I.A. and other spy agencies in the dark about precisely what Mr. Putin’s intentions are for November’s midterm elections, according to American officials familiar with the intelligence.”

* Refugees: “The FBI has dramatically slowed the pace of security reviews for refugees in recent months, which former Trump administration officials and human rights advocates say is part of an intentional bid by White House hardliners to restrict the number of refugees allowed in the U.S.”

* Treasury: “The Trump administration on Thursday moved to knock down efforts by some blue states to get around a new limit on state and local tax deductions.”

* We’re all going to have to talk about this one of these days: “Sen. Rand Paul floated the possibility of a dialogue with Russia about keeping NATO from further expanding its umbrella into Eastern Europe.”

* Dr. Tom Frieden, a former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “was arrested for inappropriately touching a woman, according to the New York City Police Department.”

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