Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Ties do not appear to have frayed: “U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday, according to the Saudi government, illustrating how the White House is retaining close ties with the embattled Middle Eastern leader despite a growing international outcry.”
* More racially charged innuendo for which there is no proof: “President Trump on Monday said a caravan of migrants making their way toward the United States included ‘criminals and unknown Middle Easterners,’ and blamed Democrats for the state of immigration law.”
* I fear it’s too late: “The center of London ground to a halt as an estimated 700,000 people from all over the UK marched peacefully on parliament to demand a second referendum on Brexit. It was the biggest outpouring of public opposition to government policy since the anti-Iraq war protest in 2003.”
* An unsettling story: “Saudi operatives have mobilized to harass critics on Twitter, a wildly popular platform for news in the kingdom since the Arab Spring uprisings began in 2010. Saud al-Qahtani, a top adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed who was fired on Saturday in the fallout from Mr. Khashoggi’s killing, was the strategist behind the operation, according to United States and Saudi officials, as well as activist organizations.”
* Minimum wage: “A research team including economists from the University of Washington has put out a paper showing that Seattle’s recent minimum-wage increases brought benefits to many workers employed at the time, while leaving few employed workers worse off…. This new paper, issued Monday, has a unique pedigree: Last summer, the same authors released a paper showing that Seattle’s minimum-wage increases had large costs for workers.”
* Raise your hand if you think he has any idea what his administration has proposed: “President Trump signaled opposition Saturday to reviving Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste storage site, even though his administration has allocated millions of dollars to the project that has long been controversial in this state. “
* Over the weekend, the president also sought credit for Central America migrants heading to the U.S.-Mexico border: “I caused the problem because I made this country so economically and financially strong,” he said.
* R.I.P, Joachim Ronneberg. Thanks for helping save the world.
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