Thursday’s Mini-Report, 12.13.18

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Today’s school shooting: “Indiana State Police report a teenager who had threatened to shoot up the school committed suicide after being cornered by law enforcement inside the intermediate school this morning.”

* The latest from France: “The suspect in the Strasbourg shooting that left three dead and 13 injured has been killed by police in that city, French authorities said Thursday.”

* The Senate vote was 56 to 41: “The Senate voted resoundingly on Thursday to withdraw American military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, issuing the latest in a series of stinging bipartisan rebukes of President Trump for his defense of the kingdom amid outrage in both parties over Riyadh’s role in the killing of a dissident journalist.”

* The plot thickens: “Donald Trump was the third person in the room in August 2015 when his lawyer Michael Cohen and National Enquirer publisher David Pecker discussed ways Pecker could help counter negative stories about Trump’s relationships with women, NBC News has confirmed.”

* Bomb threats: “A wave of bomb threats were reported Thursday against businesses, schools, hospitals and other places across the country – causing panic and evacuations, although all appeared to be hoaxes. Police in cities nationwide reported threats, some emailed, some phoned in.”

* This took too long, but I’m glad it’s done: “The House and Senate on Thursday passed new legislation overhauling the process for handling sexual harassment claims on Capitol Hill, one day after the announcement of a joint agreement on the measure. The legislation will head to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature.”

* The GOP has no plan: “President Trump’s increasingly urgent push to construct a massive wall on the border with Mexico has created a nightmare scenario for congressional Republicans as they race to avert a partial shutdown of the federal government at the end of next week.”

* Needless cruelty: “The Trump administration is resuming its efforts to deport certain protected Vietnamese immigrants who have lived in the United States for decades – many of them having fled the country during the Vietnam War.”

* Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) said yesterday he doesn’t know “a damn thing” about the war in Yemen. That’s not a great thing to brag about.

* Noted without comment: “President Trump has canceled the White House holiday party for the media, making the decades-old tradition a victim of his increasingly contentious relationship with major news organizations.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Thursday's Mini-Report, 12.13.18