Today’s edition of quick hits:
* A dramatic move: “In a federal courtroom in Washington on Thursday, a judge heard about something the Trump administration had just done that clearly angered him. The government, he learned, had deported an immigrant mother and daughter who are plaintiffs in the lawsuit the judge was hearing over asylum restrictions. So the judge did something highly unusual: He demanded the administration turn around the plane carrying the plaintiffs to Central America and bring them back to the United States.”
* Puerto Rico: “Nearly a year after Hurricane Maria, the government of Puerto Rico stated in a report released Thursday that more than 1,400 people died in the four months after the storm – a significantly higher death toll than the government has claimed.”
* My experience covering cases from courtrooms is limited, but I tend to think Judge T.S. Ellis’ antics are tough to defend: “The federal judge overseeing the Paul Manafort trial conceded Thursday morning that he made a mistake in chastising special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors a day earlier in front of the jury.”
* The proposed media merger went so badly, Sinclair is now facing a lawsuit: “Tribune Media has filed a lawsuit against Sinclair Broadcast Group over their failed merger and is seeking $1 billion in damages.”
* California: “A $119.5-million settlement announced Wednesday of claims stemming from the Aliso Canyon gas leak marks the biggest action yet to deal with the health effects and climate damage of the largest release of methane in U.S. history.”
* Noted without comment: “Melania Trump’s parents were briskly sworn in as citizens of the United States in New York on Thursday…. Asked if the Knavses had obtained citizenship through family-based immigration, sometimes called ‘chain migration,’ their lawyer said, ‘I suppose.’”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.