Monday’s Mini-Report, 4.1.19

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Midwestern flooding: “Hundreds of miles of levees in the Midwest have been overwhelmed by the floods, leaving ‘Swiss cheese’ infrastructure and reigniting a flood control debate.”

* The latest 5-4 split: “A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to Missouri’s system for lethal injection brought by a convicted murderer who said the procedure would inflict unusual suffering because of his rare medical condition.”

* A key ruing from late Friday: “President Donald Trump exceeded his authority when he reversed bans on offshore drilling in vast parts of the Arctic Ocean and dozens of canyons in the Atlantic Ocean, a U.S. judge said in a ruling that restored the Obama-era restrictions.”

* Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s (D) office “said Sunday that he has passed two polygraph tests that show he was truthful when he denied allegations of sexual assault made against him by two women.

* Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher: “President Donald Trump announced Saturday that a Navy SEAL who is accused of fatally stabbing an Islamic State detainee during a 2017 deployment to Iraq will be “moved to less restrictive confinement” ahead of his trial in May.”

* A changing global landscape: “In a move that signaled geopolitical shifts from West to East, Italy broke with its European and American allies during last week’s visit by President Xi Jinping of China, and became the first member of the Group of 7 major economies to officially sign up to China’s vast new One Belt One Road global infrastructure project.”

* A case worth watching: “The City of New Orleans is suing several oil and gas companies over coastal erosion. Mayor Latoya Cantrell on Friday announced the lawsuit, which alleges that pipeline work has caused massive damage to Louisiana’s wetlands and ‘threatened the safety of our people.’”

* The “acting” part of his title remains odd: “Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney declined Sunday to say whether he is poised to permanently become Donald Trump’s top aide, instead remarking that the president ‘enjoys having me’ in the West Wing.”

* US District Judge T.S. Ellis III faced four ethics complaints: “The judge who presided over Paul Manafort’s trial in Alexandria, Virginia, last summer won’t face disciplinary action for his treatment of prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, according to a court order obtained by BuzzFeed News.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.