Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 5.10.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Quite a milestone: “President Barack Obama will become the first serving U.S. president to visit Hiroshima during a trip to Japan later this month, the White House announced Tuesday. The historic visit will ‘highlight his continued commitment to pursuing the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,’ it said in a statement.”
 
* A case we’re watching: “A federal judge ordered New Jersey prosecutors Tuesday to release their list of suspected Bridgegate conspirators. The ruling was a victory for a consortium of media outfits that had been pushing the feds to publicly identify the ‘unindicted co-conspirators’ who allegedly conspired to snarl traffic on the George Washington Bridge three years ago to punish a New Jersey mayor for not endorsing the re-election of Gov. Chris Christie.”
 
* The West Wing isn’t giving up: “Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland submitted a questionnaire detailing his experience to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, taking another step in the White House’s effort to break a Senate blockade on his nomination.”
 
* Ahmed Abu Khatallah: “Federal prosecutors said Tuesday they will not seek the death penalty against the only man to be charged in a U.S. court with the deadly attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.”
 
* Mississippi: “The ACLU of Mississippi filed a lawsuit Monday to declare House Bill 1523 unconstitutional. It’s the first lawsuit filed against HB 1523, the religious objections law that has had Mississippi in the spotlight in recent weeks and is scheduled to go into effect July 1. However, ACLU of Mississippi Executive Director Jennifer Riley-Collins said it likely won’t be the last.”
 
* An Arkansas judge “accused of swapping sex for reduced sentences resigned Monday after a state commission said it discovered thousands of photographs from his computer that depicted nude male defendants.”
 
* Don’t start packing; they’re all really far away: “NASA scientists announced 1,284 new exoplanets at a news conference on Tuesday – candidates found by the Kepler Space Telescope that have now been confirmed with 99 percent certainty. This is the largest dump of new planet discoveries in history, and it more than doubles the count of confirmed planets for the intrepid space telescope.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 5.10.16