Thursday’s Mini-Report, 2.4.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Flint: “Members of a congressional committee looking into the Flint Water crisis issued a subpoena to the city’s former Emergency Manager Darnell Earley on Thursday requesting that he come to Washington, D.C. for a deposition on February 25th.”
 
* Related news: “Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked action on a comprehensive energy bill that had drawn broad bipartisan support after lawmakers failed to agree on including a $600 million amendment to address the crisis over lead-tainted water in Flint, Mich.”
 
* Shkreli: “Former drug executive Martin Shkreli, who called members of Congress “imbeciles” on social media, faced members of that legislative body on Thursday morning during a hearing on pharmaceutical pricing. The normally talkative Shkreli invoked the Fifth Amendment when he appeared before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to discuss his actions in raising the price of Daraprim by more than 5,500 percent.”
 
* Oregon: “A federal grand jury has indicted 16 people in connection with their roles in the Oregon wildlife refuge standoff, charging them all with a count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States.”
 
* I wish I could agree with this, but I don’t: “Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said late Wednesday that partisan extremism is damaging the public’s perception of the role of the Supreme Court, recasting the justices as players in the political process rather than its referees.”
 
* House Republicans tried to issue a message yesterday honoring Black History Month. It really didn’t go well.
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 2.4.16