Monday’s Mini-Report, 4.15.19

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Losing a global treasure: “The Notre Dame Cathedral has long been regarded as a spiritual beacon, architectural marvel, monument to Parisian beauty and a towering symbol of French national pride. But the flames that engulfed the centuries-old structure on Monday threatened to permanently demolish that rich cultural legacy, alarming admirers and worshipers around the world.”

* Maybe the White House can lower the temperature? “Rep. Ilham Omar said death threats against her have spiked as a result of an inflammatory video that was shared by President Donald Trump on Twitter about a remark she made regarding the 9/11 terrorist attacks.”

* Quite a strike: “More than 30,000 Stop & Shop supermarket workers across three states remained on strike for a third day on Saturday, protesting what they said were unfair wages and high health insurance premiums.”

* This story continues to amaze: “A federal judge on Monday denied bail to a Chinese woman who was arrested while trying to enter President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club with a trove of electronic devices.”

* This guy’s confirmation process was way too easy: “The National Archives and Records Administration gave the Interior Department until late April to address Democrats’ allegations that newly confirmed Secretary David Bernhardt may have been destroying his official calendars, according to a letter POLITICO obtained Friday.”

* Another diplomatic step backwards: “The Trump administration will not nominate anyone to serve on a United Nations committee on racism, the latest sign of a U.S. retreat from international bodies and traditional human rights priorities.”

* Reproductive rights abroad: “South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down the country’s laws prohibiting abortion, a landmark decision challenging the 66-year-old ban that had become increasingly unpopular in recent years.”

* If you haven’t seen the full list of this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners, the list includes some incredibly talented professionals who did extraordinary work in their fields.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Monday's Mini-Report, 4.15.19