Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 3.19.19

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* A heartbreaking disaster: “More than 1,000 people were feared dead in Mozambique four days after a cyclone slammed into the country, submerging entire villages and leaving bodies floating in the floodwaters, the nation’s president said.”

* Overdue scrutiny: “The United States transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, on Tuesday asked her agency’s internal watchdog to conduct an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration’s certification of the Boeing 737 Max 8.”

* The latest on Cohen: “The investigation of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, began at least nine months before federal agents raided his home and office, according to search warrants made public Tuesday.”

* The latest 5-4 decision: “The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against a group of immigrants in a case about the government’s power to detain them after they’ve committed crimes but finished their sentences.”

* Filling in the blanks: “Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and his allies have publicly speculated about how the National Enquirer acquired racy texts he sent to his girlfriend…. The reality is simpler: Michael Sanchez, the brother of Mr. Bezos’ lover, sold the billionaire’s secrets for $200,000 to the Enquirer’s publisher, said people familiar with the matter.”

* Change of plans at the DOJ: “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will stay at the Justice Department ‘a little longer,’ according to a senior department official.”

* I hope this doesn’t give Trump any ideas: “Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new law which will allow the punishment of individuals and online media for spreading what Russia calls ‘fake news’ and information which ‘disrespects’ the state.” 

Again? ”President Donald Trump doubled down on his criticism of the late Sen. John McCain on Tuesday, telling reporters that he ‘was never a fan’ of the Arizona lawmaker ‘and never will be.’”

* Imagine that: “Facebook’s effort to establish a service that provides its users with local news and information is being hindered by the lack of outlets where the company’s technicians can find original reporting.”

* A GOP state representative in Pennsylvania resigned yesterday, “days after a woman made a complaint to the state’s Republican caucus alleging that he sexually assaulted her in 2015 when she was blacked out.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 3.19.19