Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 12.9.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Some deadlines can be moved: “It’s the last few days before a pre-holiday deadline, so Congress is doing what it does best: procrastinating. Congress could be poised to give itself a few extra days to fund the government before the current spending package - which expires on December 11 - runs out.”
 
* In the meantime: “Congressional leaders are expected to unveil a massive $1.1 trillion spending agreement later Tuesday and then race the clock in hopes of approving the deal before a spending deadline late Thursday night.”
 
* There’s no shortage of detailed overviews of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on Bush/Cheney-era torture. I found the NYT’s timeline approach to be quite good.
 
* Iraq: “U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday to consult with Iraqi government officials and confer with U.S. commanders about the campaign to defeat Islamic State fighters. In remarks to a group of U.S. and Australian soldiers, Hagel said the U.S. wants to help Iraq regain the territory it lost to Islamic State militants earlier this year, but said the only lasting solution must come from the Iraqis themselves.”
 
* A surprising 9-0 ruling: “The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously that a temp agency was not required to pay workers at Amazon warehouses for the time they spent waiting to go through a security screening at the end of the day. The workers say the process, meant to prevent theft, can take as long as 25 minutes.”
 
* Speaking of the high court: “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected BP’s challenge to a settlement agreement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which the oil giant said allowed certain businesses to get payouts despite being unable to trace their losses to the disaster.”
 
* FOIA: “Legislation to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act passed the House of Representatives unanimously back in May, and similar legislation gained unanimous approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee last month. But now Politico reports that Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has placed a hold on the legislation that could block it from getting approved this year.”
 
* This is what’s become of congressional oversight: “At one point in the hearing, Issa asked Gruber, ‘Are you stupid?’ ‘No, I don’t think so,’ the economist said.”
 
* It’s a real fight: “Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made clear on Tuesday that she is not swayed by supporters of Obama administration nominee for Treasury undersecretary for domestic policy Antonio Weiss.”
 
* Ohio: “An Ohio man who spent 27 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit was brought to tears Tuesday when a judge dropped all charges against him. Kwame Ajamu, 56, was the last of three men exonerated in the 1975 robbery and murder of a Cleveland-area money order salesman.”
 
* NDAA addition: “Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Saturday criticized a last-minute addition to a major defense policy bill that would hand 2,400 acres of land in Arizona to an Australian mining corporation. The land, part of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona, sits atop one of the nation’s largest copper deposits. It would be given to Resolution Copper, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto, the London- and Melbourne-based mining behemoth that produces aluminum, iron, copper, uranium, coal and other commodities across the globe.”
 
* Immigration: “In the wake of more than 70,000 minors crossing the U.S. border, a Mexican government initiative launched in July has attacked existing immigrant routes, in particular along the southern border of Mexico, and ruthlessly choked off the flow of people.”
 
* Oh my: “Fox News anchor Jeanine Pirro said during her show on Sunday she agrees with the idea that the public needs to be ‘trained’ to be more ‘sensitive’ to police.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 12.9.14