Thursday’s Mini-Report, 8.16.18

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Manafort trial: “Jurors began deliberations Thursday in the trial of President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who faces 18 counts of bank fraud and lying – and the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison.”

* It’s only a fight over the health of our democracy: “Hundreds of newspaper editorial boards across the country answered a nationwide call Thursday to express disdain for President Trump’s attacks on the news media, while some explained their decision not to do so. The same morning, the president tweeted that the ‘fake news media’ are the ‘opposition party.’”

* On a related note, the Senate approved a resolution today, through a voice vote, that “affirms that the press is not the enemy of the people” and “reaffirms the vital and indispensable role that the free press serves” and “condemns the attacks on the institution of the free press.”

* William McRaven, a retired four-star admiral: “The architect of the Osama bin Laden raid said Thursday that it was a badge of honor for former CIA Director John Brennan to have his security clearance stripped by President Donald Trump.” McRaven added, “I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.”

* The OSU scandal: “The U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation into whether Ohio State University officials responded ‘promptly and equitably’ to complaints from wrestlers and other athletes that the team doctor had molested them.”

* The latest tape: “Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former reality TV star who became a top White House aide to President Donald Trump, on Thursday released exclusively to MSNBC a secret tape of campaign official Lara Trump offering her a $15,000-a-month job after she was fired from the administration.”

* Who is Bruce Ohr? “Ohr exists in a netherworld – a subject of fascination in right-leaning media, barely a mention in mainstream media. His name last appeared in the pages of The Washington Post in February, and yet President Trump keeps tweeting about him.”

* This could be the basis for an interesting debate: “New York Democratic Rep. Grace Meng introduced an amendment to the Constitution to lower the nationwide voting age to 16 years old.”

* And Donald Trump honored Aretha Franklin shortly after her death was announced by telling Americans the iconic artist “worked for me on numerous occasions.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Thursday's Mini-Report, 8.16.18