Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 3.3.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Ferguson: “The Justice Department has released a scathing report based on its investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri, police department, in which it says the police department engaged in broad pattern of conduct that routinely violated the constitutional rights of African-Americans.”
 
* Also in Missouri: “In a eulogy that doubled as a stunning rebuke of a top official in his own party, former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, R-Mo., declared Tuesday that ‘politics has gone so hideously wrong,’ and implicitly blamed that tone for Missouri gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich’s suicide last week.”
 
* What a fall from grace: “Former CIA Director David Petraeus will plead guilty to mishandling classified information, a Department of Justice spokesperson said Tuesday. The plea agreement outlines the terms in which prosecutors will recommend a sentence of two years of probation, with no jail time, and a $40,000 fine.”
 
* Nancy Pelosi was unimpressed with Benjamin Netanyahu: “ ‘I was near tears throughout the prime minister’s speech –saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States,’ she fumed in a statement afterward, adding that she didn’t appreciate ‘the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.’”
 
* Classless: “Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) took a cheap shot at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday over her reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech…. In a private fund-raiser after the speech, [Graham] pointed to Pelosi’s behavior as evidence that a Republican majority is better for those who support Israel. ‘Did you see Nancy Pelosi on the floor. Complete disgust,’ he said, according to one attendee. ‘If you can get through all the surgeries, there’s disgust.’”
 
* West Virginia: “As expected, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Tuesday vetoed a bill banning late-term abortions in West Virginia, citing constitutional concerns, an action that sets the stage for the first legislative override of a gubernatorial veto in nearly 28 years.”
 
* Speaking of West Virginia, the state told the Supreme Court that it “predicated decisions” about health care on the assumption that ACA subsidies were conditional. By all appearances, that was a brazen lie.
 
* Georgia “called off a second planned execution on Tuesday, a day after it scrapped a lethal injection at the last minute because it discovered the drugs were ‘cloudy.’”
 
* What a nice story: “An immigrant student invited a Supreme Court justice to dinner. She took him up on it.”
 
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Tuesday's Mini-Report, 3.3.15