Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 11.3.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Keystone: “White House officials said Tuesday the president intends to decide the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline during his tenure, rather than suspend the federal review process at the request of the project’s sponsor.”
 
* VW: “Volkswagen Group said Tuesday that its internal testing emissions has found ‘irregularities’ in about 800,000 cars worldwide, adding an estimated $2.2 billion to the automaker’s tab to make amends from the growing scandal.”
 
* Qatar: “Michelle Obama was greeted by roars of applause from three dozen service members in combat fatigues when she walked into the Fox Sports Sky Box bar here on Tuesday night. Mrs. Obama was joined by the late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien during a visit to this sprawling desert installation to show her support for the 11,000 troops stationed here. She is visiting Qatar and Jordan this week to promote education for adolescent girls.”
 
* More on this on tonight’s show: “Congress won’t be here for much of the summer of 2016, according to new legislative calendars released Tuesday by House and Senate leaders. The House is set to adjourn on July 15 and not return until Sept. 6, according to the calendar.”
 
* Chalabi: “Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi politician who from exile helped persuade the United States to invade Iraq in 2003, and then unsuccessfully tried to attain power as his country was nearly torn apart by sectarian violence, died on Tuesday at his home in Baghdad. He was 71. The cause was heart failure, Iraqi officials said.”
 
* Kobach: “Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach spoke last week at a conference for a publishing house described as white nationalist by the Center for New Community and the Southern Poverty Law Center.”
 
* A question that deserves an answer: “The State Department said Monday that it was ‘looking at’ an incident during Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Central Asia in which a U.S. reporter was removed from a room where Mr. Kerry was meeting with Uzbekistan’s president, Islam Karimov.”
 
* Redecorating: “The portrait of former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was removed from its prominent display just off the chamber floor following his guilty plea in federal court last week connected to illegal financial transactions that were designed as hush money.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 11.3.15