Monday’s Mini-Report, 12.3.18

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Unrest in Paris: “ ‘Yellow Jacket’ protesters blocking access to 11 fuel depots belonging to one of the world’s biggest oil companies have left gas stations running dry in France…. For more than two weeks, protesters angry over gas taxes and the high cost of living have been blocking roads across France, impeding access to fuel depots, shopping malls and some airports.”

* Afghanistan: “A top Taliban leader was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan, officials from the Taliban, the Afghan government and the U.S.-led military coalition said, just as Washington is in delicate peace talks with the insurgent movement.”

* This should be interesting: “Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel will brief Senate leaders Tuesday morning on what the spy agency knows about Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death at the hands of Saudi operatives, people familiar with the matter said.”

* In related news: “Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least 11 messages to his closest adviser, who oversaw the team that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in the hours before and after the journalist’s death in October, according to a highly classified CIA assessment.”

* Comey’s deal: “Former FBI Director James Comey on Sunday withdrew his effort to quash a congressional subpoena to compel his closed-door congressional testimony after reaching an agreement with the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight Committee that he would be provided a transcript of his testimony that he can release to the public.”

* G-20: “It is telling that on two of the most contentious topics at the Buenos Aires Group of 20 meeting, the United States eventually joined 19 other world leaders on trade, but when it comes to climate change, President Donald Trump remained firmly alone in his belief it is a hoax.”

* Another court defeat for the administration on immigration: “A federal judge in New York on Friday barred the Justice Department from withholding law-enforcement grants from states and cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities.”

* Israel: “Israeli police recommended charging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery and fraud in a corruption probe involving the country’s biggest telecom firm, marking the latest in a swirl of challenges to the embattled leader ahead of elections next year.”

* Elliott Broidy, back in the news: “Federal prosecutors cited the involvement of a onetime top fund-raiser to President Trump on Friday in a scheme to launder millions of dollars into the country to help a flamboyant Malaysian financier end a Justice Department investigation.”

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Monday's Mini-Report, 12.3.18