Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 4.10.18

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* I think the White House wanted this trip to happen in order to help distract their erratic boss: “President Donald Trump has canceled his first official visit to Latin America as his administration evaluates the ongoing crisis in Syria, the White House said Tuesday.”

* Investors seemed pleased by this: “President Xi Jinping renewed a pledge Tuesday to open China’s markets further for trade and investment, including its automobile sector, and said he would also work harder to boost imports, in what was seen as a conciliatory speech amid an escalating trade conflict with the United States.”

* A fresh angle: “The special counsel is investigating a payment made to President Trump’s foundation by a Ukrainian steel magnate for a talk during the campaign, according to three people briefed on the matter, as part of a broader examination of streams of foreign money to Mr. Trump and his associates in the years leading up to the election.”

* The latest details on Cohen: “The FBI agents who raided the office and hotel room of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, were looking to seize documents tied to payments to two women who allegedly had affairs with the president, according to reports Tuesday.”

* On a related note: “CNN reported on Tuesday that search warrant sought info about payments to the two women and also involved a request for records related to a portfolio of New York City taxi cab medallions that Cohen owns, potentially worth millions.”

* A nice story out of Oregon: “In February, three middle school students helped push a statewide net neutrality bill. Today, Gov. Kate Brown is headed to the girls’ middle school in Portland, where she will sign the bill into law.”

* She’s right: “Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Tuesday called out Republican leaders for their ‘lack of urgency or action’ on combating sexual misconduct at job sites, asking her GOP counterpart on the committee that oversees workplace issues to hold a hearing on the matter.”

* A day worthy of recognition: “There’s a reason why your coworkers are wearing red on Tuesday – and it has to do with Equal Pay Day.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 4.10.18