Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 5.8.18

Updated

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* I’m glad this scandal was resolved so quickly: “New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a prominent figure in the #MeToo movement who has taken on disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, abruptly resigned Monday night after The New Yorker published the accusations of women who said he was violent toward them.”

* Related news: “The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office confirmed on Tuesday that it is investigating outgoing New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman – as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the sexual-abuse allegations leveled against the soon-to-be former official ‘deeply disturbing.’”

* Schneiderman’s replacement: “[O]n Tuesday, Cuomo said he had faith that the solicitor general Barbara Underwood, who will become the acting attorney general until a joint session of the legislation can appoint a new attorney general, would be successful in the role.”

* Shouldn’t this get a congressional hearing or two? “The four U.S. soldiers killed in Niger last October were trying to capture or kill a senior ISIS terrorist, but the two officers in charge of their 12-man unit misled their higher-ups by reporting they were going on a far less risky mission, according to two U.S. officials and a congressional official familiar with the classified investigation of the deadly ambush.”

* Good thinking: “Sen. Orrin Hatch, who called it ‘ridiculous’ that Sen. John McCain would not want President Donald Trump to attend his funeral, apologized to his ailing GOP colleague Tuesday for the off-the-cuff remark.”

* I guess this was inevitable: “President Donald Trump is growing increasingly irritated with lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s frequently off-message media blitz, in which he has muddied the waters on hush money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels and made claims that could complicate the president’s standing in the special counsel’s Russia probe.”

* In case you missed Rachel’s report on this last night: “The Trump administration plans to take a tougher approach to some families who enter the U.S. illegally by separating parents from their children, instead of keeping them in detention together.”

* A case to watch: “Fair-housing advocates planned to file a lawsuit early Tuesday against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and HUD Secretary Ben Carson for suspending an Obama-era rule requiring communities to examine and address barriers to racial integration.”

* Have I mentioned that Paul Ryan handled this whole mess really badly? “The Rev. Patrick Conroy was sworn back in Tuesday as the chaplain of the House of Representatives, less than a week after he decided to rescind his resignation.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.