Thursday’s Mini-Report, 6.21.18

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* All is not well with House Republicans: “The House on Thursday voted down a conservative immigration bill, and House GOP leaders announced that a vote on a Republican compromise measure would be postponed until Friday.”

* At least this went well for them: “A deeply polarizing farm bill passed the House on party lines Thursday, a month after the legislation went down to stunning defeat after getting ensnared in the toxic politics of immigration.”

* This wasn’t the usual 5-4 ruling: “Internet retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they have no physical presence, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.”

* This will be a company worth watching: “Renowned surgeon and best-selling author Atul Gawande will lead a new company aimed at reducing health-care costs, a joint venture by Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway that has attracted widespread attention and hope that it could disrupt the American health-care system.”

* Andrea Hall’s unfortunate timing: “A key U.S. official involved in denuclearization talks with North Korea is leaving the White House just as the Trump administration prepares to engage in high-stakes negotiations with the isolated regime, the official confirmed to The Washington Post.”

* Remember, Trump thinks he’s improved our international standing: “ ‘What’s going on in the United States is wrong. I can’t imagine what families living through this are enduring,’ [Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau] said to reporters on Wednesday morning. ‘This is not the way we do things in Canada.’”

* Israel: “The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was charged with fraud and breach of trust Thursday over the alleged misuse of state funds at the couple’s official residence.”

* Imagine if they cared as much about the climate crisis itself: “Four Republican senators called Wednesday for an investigation of National Science Foundation grants, saying the federal agency had ventured beyond science and into political advocacy, particularly with its support of a program to encourage TV weathercasters to report on global warming.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Thursday's Mini-Report, 6.21.18