Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 5.14.19

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Not too surprising: “A federal judge suggested Tuesday he is skeptical of President Donald Trump’s efforts to block Congress from obtaining some of his financial records.”

* Climate crisis: “In the latest bit of bad news for a planet beset by climate change, the concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere has climbed to a level last seen more than 3 million years ago – before humans even appeared on the rocky ball we call home.”

* Puerto Rico: “President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that his administration has given Puerto Rico $91 billion in relief funds after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the island in 2017. But a new report maintains that the island has received only $12.6 billion.”

* DHS: “In the weeks before they were ousted last month, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and top immigration enforcement official Ronald Vitiello challenged a secret White House plan to arrest thousands of parents and children in a blitz operation against migrants in 10 major U.S. cities.”

* Trump isn’t saving the coal industry: “The nation’s third-largest coal company by production volume filed for bankruptcy Friday as utility companies increasingly turn to gas-fired generation and renewable energy for electricity.”

* The right clearly overreached on this one: “Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) has said some controversial things. But despite what you hear her Republican critics say, one thing she hasn’t publicly said is that the Holocaust is ‘calming.’”

* Targeting good Samaritans: “As the Trump administration moves on multiple fronts to shut down illegal border crossings, it has also stepped up punitive measures targeting private citizens who provide compassionate help to migrants – ‘good Samaritan’ aid that is often intended to save lives along a border that runs through hundreds of miles of remote terrain that can be brutally unforgiving.”

* On a related note, there’s fresh data that confirms what we knew: there is no connection between undocumented immigrants and increased crime.

* Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), apparently unconcerned about his reputation, “told ABC News that Robert Mueller’s Russia probe is an argument against special prosecutors.”

* The Boston Red Sox won a few games after visiting the White House. Trump seemed to take credit for their streak. I’m hoping this was a joke.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Tuesday's Mini-Report, 5.14.19