Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 2.13.18

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* DACA: “A second U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump’s decision to end a program that protects immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation.”

* Climate crisis: “The Trump administration on Monday moved to repeal one of the last unchallenged climate-change regulations rushed into place in the waning days of the Obama presidency – a rule restricting the release of planet-warming methane into the atmosphere.”

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “vowed he would be vindicated Tuesday moments after police recommended that he be indicted on charges of corruption and bribery.”

* The good news: “With the fate of hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants in the balance, the Senate on Monday began an open-ended debate on immigration – an exceedingly rare step that, in effect, will allow senators to attempt to build a bill from scratch on the Senate floor.”

* The bad news: “That excitement quickly turned to frustration as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) confirmed Tuesday morning that he wants the entire debate – on the half-dozen-plus competing proposals put forward so far by lawmakers – to be over by the end of the week.”

* Baltimore: “Two Baltimore detectives were convicted Monday of robbery and racketeering in a trial that laid bare shocking crimes committed by an elite police unit and surfaced new allegations of widespread corruption in the city’s police department.”

* Milwaukee: “A Wisconsin jail commander repeatedly lied after her officers cut off water to an inmate who later died of dehydration, prosecutors said on Monday as they described a series of lethal missteps and a two-year investigation.”

* This is a bad idea: “The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a kind of orbiting real estate venture run not by the government, but by private industry.”

* Ohio: “Former Judge Tim Nolan on Friday agreed to spend 20 years in prison for human trafficking. He used drugs, threats of arrest and threats of eviction to force women and girls under the age of 18 into sex acts, according to the charges read in court by Judge Kathleen Lape.”

* The results of Trump’s health care changes: “Caseloads for Idaho’s Catastrophic Health Care Fund have taken a sharp upturn this year, and they’re expected to continue to rise as more Idahoans are priced out of health insurance or decide not to purchase it as the federal government lifts its individual mandate.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 2.13.18