Thursday’s Mini-Report


Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Progress begets progress: “The Obama administration announced on Thursday that it would ease the ban on investments in Myanmar, rewarding the country’s political and economic opening over the last year.”

* I suspect that’ll be a lively hearing: “JPMorgan Chairman Jamie Dimon will testify before the Senate Banking Committee on his bank’s multibillion-dollar trading loss.”

* Last night, the House passed its watered-down version of the Violence Against Women Act, 222 to 205, mostly along party lines. The bill, which conflicts with the stronger, bipartisan Senate version, now heads to a conference committee.

* Adam Serwer reports on an Obama-appointed federal judge that has blocked part of last year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

* When Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) talks about restricting voting rights, I listen.

* It’d be nice if criminals would leave Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer alone.

* Republicans and some in the media made a fuss about the Senate rejecting President Obama’s budget, but it wasn’t President Obama’s budget.

* The TED conference is committing to spreading ideas, but if those ideas relate to tax fairness and addressing economic inequalities,TED’s commitment suddenly wanes.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Thursday's Mini-Report