Thursday’s Mini-Report, 2.21.19

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* A terrifying story: “A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant working in the nation’s capital lived a secret life as a ‘domestic terrorist’ who aspired to mass murder and compiled a target list of prominent politicians and journalists, federal prosecutors allege in court papers.”

* This controversy is just getting started: “In the weeks before his inauguration, top officials on President Trump’s inaugural committee repeatedly sounded alarms about the budgets submitted by several vendors, according to correspondence, committee records and draft budgets reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.”

* It sounds like the White House never really tried: “The Trump administration has broken off talks with the California Air Resources Board over vehicle fuel-efficiency standards and is on track to roll back standards set by President Barack Obama, the White House said Thursday.”

* Another successful strike: “West Virginia teachers said they would return to their schools Thursday after two days out on strike. Their announcement came late Wednesday when a bill pushing charter schools and education savings accounts died in the state legislature.”

* Israeli politics, Part I: “After two weeks of efforts, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu succeeded in forming a united ultra right-wing party that will run in the April 9 elections, paving the way for Jewish supremacists from the ‘Jewish Power’ party to make it into the next Knesset.”

* Israeli politics, Part II: “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s two main rivals are joining forces for April’s elections, a move that poses a serious challenge to the right-wing leader’s bid for a record fifth term.”

* Mark your calendars: “Michael D. Cohen has agreed to testify in public next Wednesday before Congress about his work as President Trump’s personal lawyer and longtime fixer, but lawmakers said they would limit the scope of their questioning in deference to the special counsel.”

* Here’s hoping the VA listens: “Three dozen advocacy groups are calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to intensify monitoring of college programs that enroll veterans after an audit found lax oversight could result in $2.3 billion in tuition benefits going to predatory schools during the next five years.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Thursday's Mini-Report, 2.21.19