Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 11.19.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* The stage is set: “The president will lay out the details of his unilateral actions during a prime-time address Thursday evening in a pitch to an American public weary from years of failed attempts to overhaul the immigration system amid a deeply-divided Congress. After that, the president will hit the road Friday, traveling to the Las Vegas high school where he first made his push form immigration reform nearly two years ago.”
 
* Israel: “As Israelis and Palestinians grappled Wednesday with the new-old reality of spiraling violence, Israeli security forces revived a controversial antiterrorism policy, demolishing the East Jerusalem home of a Palestinian man who plowed his car into pedestrians last month, killing a baby and a young woman.”
 
* Montana: “District Court Judge Brian Morris on Wednesday ruled that Montana’s ban limiting marriage to between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. According to a press release from Montana ACLU, Morris ruled that the amendment violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”
 
* Secret Service: “A man was arrested near the White House Wednesday afternoon after police searched his car and found a .30-30 rifle, ammunition and a six-inch blade in the vehicle. The man – identified as 41-year-old R.J. Kapheim of Davenport, Iowa – approached a uniformed Secret Service officer near 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. saying ‘someone in Iowa told him to drive to the White House,’ NBC News confirms.”
 
* Torture report: “Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein expects her panel’s long-delayed report on the CIA’s use of torture to be released before Republicans take over the chamber, signaling to reporters there’s one sticking point left.” Feinstein added that policymakers are “down to essentially one item in the redaction.”
 
* Texas: “A Texas judge refused Tuesday to quash on technicalities two criminal felony indictments for abuse of power against Gov. Rick Perry, ruling that the potentially embarrassing case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful should proceed. The governor’s defense team had sought to have the matter thrown out, arguing that the special prosecutor, Michael McCrum, wasn’t properly sworn in and that some paperwork wasn’t correctly filed. But a written ruling from District Judge Bert Richardson, who, like Perry, is a Republican, sided with McCrum.”
 
* I honestly have no idea what Lemon was thinking: “CNN’s Don Lemon to Cosby rape accuser: ‘You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.’”
 
* A good hire: “Retiring U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) announced today that he will join the world’s largest general scientific organization, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), as chief executive officer and executive publisher of the Science family of journals following the end of his eighth term in Congress.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 11.19.14