Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 12.18.18

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* I wonder what else he may have said that’s untrue: “As questions swirl about his credibility, former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone settled a defamation suit seeking $100 million in damages on Monday for publishing false and misleading statements on InfoWars.com, a far-right website known for promoting conspiracy theories.”

* A case to watch: “California and 15 other states asked a federal judge on Monday to protect current health care coverage for millions of Americans while courts sort out the implications of his ruling that the Affordable Care Act was invalid in its entirety.”

* The right thing to do: “After months of waiting, a Yemeni mother has been granted permission by the State Department to fly to California to say goodbye to her dying 2-year-old son, according to her attorney.”

* I’ve written about Blum’s case a few times, and the facts look awful for him: “The Office of Congressional Ethics released its report on allegations against Iowa Republican Rod Blum Monday, while the House Ethics Committee announced that it is continuing its own inquiry, but likely not for long.”

* The word “bailout” apparently sounds bad, so the White House has euphemisms: “President Donald Trump on Monday said he authorized a second round of payments from an aid package of up to $12 billion designed to help farmers stung by the U.S. trade war with China, billing it as a promise kept to a key constituency…. ‘I have authorized Secretary Perdue to implement the 2nd round of Market Facilitation Payments,’ he said, referring to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.”

* Donald Trump wants the Federal Reserve to “feel the market.”

* Saeb Erekat, the chief negotiator for the Palestinian Authority, believes the White House “needs giant statesmen, not real-estate agents.” Jared Kushner, I think he’s talking about you.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 12.18.18