Thursday’s Mini-Report, 10.4.18

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* A bold and courageous move for the Senate’s most vulnerable Democrat: “Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) has made up her mind on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination: She’ll vote no, she announced Thursday.”

* The suspected gunman is in custody: “A South Carolina law enforcement officer was killed and six others were injured Wednesday when a man opened fire as they tried to serve a search warrant on him regarding a sexual assault investigation, officials said.”

* Quite an indictment: “The Justice Department on Thursday announced the indictment of seven Russian military spies on cyber hacking charges linked to the leaking of Olympic athletes’ drug-test data in an alleged attempt to retaliate against international efforts to expose Russian doping.”

* The appeal on this should be interesting: “A federal judge late Wednesday blocked the Trump administration’s move to end Temporary Protected Status for more than 300,000 nationals from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. The move temporarily halts the administration’s plan to force the beneficiaries – some of whom have lived in the U.S. for decades – to find another immigration status or face deportation.”

* The last time I checked, the number of law professors who’ve signed onto a New York Times op-ed in opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination is over 2,400. That’s an extraordinarily large number. (I believe it started with 650 signatories yesterday, which was also a lot, but it keeps growing.)

* Sometimes, a headline can convey a lot of interesting information: “Trump pick to run Social Security allegedly impersonated police officer to avoid trespassing charge.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.