Monday’s Mini-Report

Traffic crosses the George Washington Bridge, Jan. 11, 2014 in Fort Lee, N.J.
Traffic crosses the George Washington Bridge, Jan. 11, 2014 in Fort Lee, N.J.
Photo by Richard Drew/AP
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* More on the big news out of New Jersey on tonight’s show: “The state legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal today voted to compel Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Stepien to produce the documents they have refused to provide by citing their Fifth Amendment rights against incrimination and other objections.”
 
* And on a related note: “The state legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal is looking into whether Gov. Chris Christie flew in a state helicopter over Fort Lee at the time of last year’s controversial lane closures, according to a source with knowledge of the probe.”
 
* Another ACA delay: The Treasury Department on Monday rolled out more tweaks to the health-care law’s requirement that all large employers – those with 50 or more workers – provide insurance coverage to their workers…. In today’s final rule, the Obama administration is essentially relaxing the employer mandate for 2015 – in a big way for medium-sized businesses, and a smaller way for the largest employers.
 
* West Virginia: “At Monday’s congressional hearing on the chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginians without access to tap water last month, lawmakers had a lot of questions – and got few satisfactory answers in return.”
 
* The CBO seems unamused by Republicans and the media misinterpreting last week’s report.
 
* An amazing display in North Carolina yesterday with a massive “Moral March” in Raleigh. Look for more on this on tonight’s show, too.
 
* Dramatic video of U.S. forces capturing an al Qaeda suspect in Libya.
 
* Syria: “A second round of Syrian peace talks started acrimoniously on Monday as the two sides traded accusations over disruptions to humanitarian operations in the city of Homs and the Syrian government alleged mass killings in nearby Hama.”
 
* Nigeria: “Since Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, signed a harsh law criminalizing homosexuality throughout the country last month, arrests of gay people have multiplied, advocates have been forced to go underground, some people fearful of the law have sought asylum overseas and news media demands for a crackdown have flourished.”
 
* Darwin Awards: “A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed on Monday when their commander unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives, army and police officials said.”
 
* They have a point: “Two House Democrats on Thursday called for an investigation of a federal auditor who accused the Internal Revenue Service of gross mismanagement and targeting advocacy groups for extra scrutiny based on their names and policy positions.”
 
* Good call: “AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong told employees in an e-mail Saturday evening that he was reversing the company’s 401(k) policy and apologized for his controversial comments last week.”
 
* E.J. Dionne Jr. makes a very compelling case that the Austrian/Hayek/Paul economic vision is doing real harm to debate over economic policy at the federal level.
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report