Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 3.15.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Drilling: “The Obama administration will not open up the southeastern Atlantic coast to drilling due to record-low oil prices and strong local opposition, it said on Tuesday. The U.S. Interior Department plans to announce on Tuesday afternoon that it will not schedule any lease sales offshore in the mid- and south Atlantic after ‘an extensive public input process.’”
 
* The right call: “President Barack Obama took the occasion at a typically apolitical event Tuesday to share his ‘dismay’ over the recent violence and animosity that has been occurring on the 2016 campaign trail. ‘It has to stop,’ Obama declared.”
 
* EPA Chief Gina McCarthy’s take on Flint: “The crisis is the result of a state-appointed emergency manager deciding that, to save money, Flint would stop purchasing treated drinking water from a source it relied on for 50 years and instead switch to an untreated source. The state of Michigan approved that decision, and it did so without requiring corrosion control. These decisions resulted in Flint residents being exposed to dangerously high levels of lead.”
 
* Cuba: “The White House announced Tuesday that it plans to allow ‘people to people’ educational travel to Cuba, permit the country’s citizens to earn salaries in the U.S. and make it easier to use American currency in financial transactions with Cuba.”
 
* Quite a scandal in Pennsylvania: “A second Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice resigned Tuesday in a widening scandal over raunchy and otherwise offensive emails that he and others exchanged with friends and lawyers.”
 
* He was confirmed on a 49-to-40 vote: “The Senate voted on Monday to confirm John King Jr. as U.S. Education Secretary, a move that shows that education has become a rare issue on which a polarized Washington can reach bipartisan compromise.”
 
* CDC: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned doctors Tuesday to avoid prescribing addictive painkillers for chronic pain whenever possible, in an effort to reduce abuse and overdoses.”
 
* FOIA reform: “The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill to expand the public’s access to government records, after a year of delay. The Senate’s move means both chambers have now passed similar proposals to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Differences will still need to be resolved before the measure makes it to President Obama’s desk – potentially forcing the administration’s hand on a bill it has previously lobbied against.”
 
* Stay tuned: “Nearly two years after it was created, the House Benghazi Committee is plowing ahead – interviewing witnesses, reviewing documents and promising a final report ‘before summer’ that is certain to have repercussions for Democrat Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency.”
 
* Here’s to a speedy recovery: “Sen. Claire McCaskill dove back into the legislative and political arena on Monday, returning to Washington after three weeks of intensive treatment for breast cancer in St. Louis.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 3.15.16