Monday’s Mini-Report, 3.11.19

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* An important ruling from Friday night: “A federal judge on Friday ruled that the Trump administration is responsible for migrant children separated even before it instituted a ‘zero tolerance’ policy.”

* Ports of entry: “Authorities have seized the biggest shipment of cocaine recovered at the ports of New York and New Jersey in almost 25 years.”

* As U.S./China trade talks continue, Donald Trump doesn’t want to answer our allies’ calls: “Trump continues to keep European allies at arm’s length, declining to share details of the draft trade agreement – which he has called ‘my deal,’ according to these people, who include officials from several European countries.”

* The effects this spiral will have on our democracy matter: “Town by town, local journalism is dying in plain sight.”

* A wild story out of Lewiston, Maine: “A Republican mayor in Maine resigned on Friday after a woman he was having an affair with released a racist text message he sent her, according to several local media reports.”

* Making a difficult situation worse: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is the homeland ‘only of the Jewish people,’ in a new jab at the country’s Arab minority ahead of April’s election.”

* Important domestic-security findings: “Most people arrested as the result of FBI terrorism investigations are charged with non-terrorism offenses, and more domestic terror suspects were arrested last year than those allegedly inspired by international terror groups, according to internal FBI figures reviewed by The Washington Post.”

* Did no one brief Trump in advance? “Australia’s former foreign minister says she was mistaken for the spouse of a politician by US First Lady Melania Trump, in her latest comments on the subordinate role of women in conservative politics.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Monday's Mini-Report, 3.11.19