Thursday’s Mini-Report, 5.19.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* The latest on Flight MS804: “An EgyptAir flight en route from Paris to Cairo fell out of the sky over the Mediterranean Sea early Thursday with 66 people onboard, and Egyptian officials said that terrorism was the more likely culprit than technical problems.”
 
* That’s not enough: “The Senate approved a broad appropriations bill Thursday, including $1.1 billion in Zika virus funds. Senators voted 89-8 on the merged Transportation-Housing and Urban Development, military construction and Veterans Affairs spending bill.”
 
* A welcome shift: “The House of Representatives voted to bar the Confederate flag from being flown at cemeteries operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs in the latest movement against displaying the rebel banner at federal sites.”
 
* This was supposed to be done weeks ago: “House Republicans have introduced a bill to deal with the Puerto Rico debt crisis. The bill was introduced a little before midnight Thursday and Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, who has been pushing U.S. lawmakers to take action to help its island territory, soon after issued a statement saying the bill was much improved from an earlier version.”
 
* And speaking of overdue: “Missouri’s St. Louis County has agreed to drop charges against a pair of reporters who were arrested in 2014 while covering protests in Ferguson, Mo., concluding a nearly two-year-long drama that unfolded in the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.”
 
* The impeachment push is absurd: “The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee says a House effort to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has no chance of moving through the Senate. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the most senior Senate Republican, on Thursday said his colleagues and Koskinen don’t always agree but that those conflicts shouldn’t cost the commissioner his job.”
 
* The passing of a media legend: “Morley Safer, a pillar of broadcast journalism as a member of CBS’ 60 Minutes team for almost five decades, has died, the network said Thursday. He was 84.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Thursday's Mini-Report, 5.19.16