Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 1.16.18

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* This guy has been having an odd year: “Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.”

* Kirstjen Nielsen’s testimony was, at times, difficult to believe: “The secretary of the Homeland Security Department testified under oath Tuesday that she ‘did not hear’ President Donald Trump use a certain vulgarity to describe African countries. But she says she doesn’t ‘dispute the president was using tough language.’”

* Now we know: “President Donald Trump is in good physical and cognitive health following his first medical examination as president, Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, told reporters Tuesday, noting that the president earned perfect marks on a cognitive test that he himself requested.”

* DACA: “The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will rush to the U.S. Supreme Court within a few days by skipping over a federal appeals court, hoping for quick action in the legal battle over shutting down the DACA program.”

* FBI: “The Justice Department’s decision to give congressional Republicans access to documents about FBI investigations risks exposing sensitive sources or material and poses a critical early test for bureau Director Christopher Wray, current and former U.S. law enforcement officials say.”

* Keep an eye on the DETER Act: “U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Chris Van Hollen have a message for Moscow: Any interference in future U.S. elections will be met with swift punishment if Congress acts.”

* In case this isn’t obvious, she used to be married to Rupert Murdoch: “U.S. counterintelligence officials in early 2017 warned Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, that Wendi Deng Murdoch, a prominent Chinese-American businesswoman, could be using her close friendship with Mr. Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, to further the interests of the Chinese government, according to people familiar with the matter.”

* Damaging the brand: “A year after the discovery of foods that could sicken people at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, his Winter White House was just cited by inspectors for poor maintenance. Never mind that it costs $200,000 in initiation fees to join the exclusive club, which has two restaurants and a bed-and-breakfast.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 1.16.18