Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 4.7.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Infrastructure: “Widespread power outages affected the White House, the Capitol, museums, train stations and other sites across Washington and its suburbs Tuesday afternoon - all because of an explosion at a Maryland power plant, an official said.”
 
* Judicial sanity: “A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive action granting deportation relief to immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, upholding a lower court’s earlier ruling.”
 
* Kansas: “Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation making Kansas the first state to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus. Brownback signed the measure Tuesday in a private ceremony at the governor’s residence. A photo posted by his office on Twitter shows him flanked by anti-abortion leaders and large photos of fetuses.”
 
* Iraq: “Emboldened as they mop up the last Islamic State forces in the city of Tikrit, Iraqi military leaders are already vowing to follow up that operation with a much more ambitious one: marching into the vast Sunni heartland in western Iraq to root out some of the most significant militant strongholds.”
 
* Encouraging economic report: “Job openings climbed to a 14-year high in February, indicating companies are optimistic about the prospects for sales and the U.S. economy after a recent setback.”
 
* Climate crisis: “Climate change isn’t just a danger to the planet. It’s hazardous to your health. That’s the message the White House will present Tuesday as it releases a report on the warming planet – and announces steps that companies like Google and Microsoft are taking to mitigate its impact on human health, from air quality to the spread of disease.”
 
* Gov. Jack Dalrymple: “North Dakota’s Republican governor sent a memo to 17 government departments on Monday saying discrimination against anyone is unacceptable, just two hours before every Democrat in the Legislature delivered a letter calling on him to go further and issue an executive order prohibiting bias against gays and lesbians.”
 
* Keep an eye on this one out of New Jersey: “Former Port Authority Chairman David Samson, who resigned from the agency a year ago amid the broadening investigation into the 2013 Goerge Washington Bridge lane closures, announced Tuesday that he was retiring from the powerful law firm he co-founded.”
 
* Presidential restraint at an Easter prayer breakfast: “ ‘On Easter I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian I am supposed to love,’ Obama said. ‘I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians I get concerned.’ … ‘But that’s a topic for another day,’ he added to laughter and applause from the audience. ‘I was about to veer off. I’m pulling it back.’”
 
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Tuesday's Mini-Report, 4.7.15