Today’s edition of quick hits:
* He’s correct: “Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on Wednesday, moments after Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at President Trump’s request, that protecting special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is paramount.”
* This process isn’t going well: “North Korea called off planned nuclear talks in New York with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, dealing a setback to a rocky diplomatic process and lowering hopes for progress on denuclearization.”
* Didn’t the White House say Wall Street was worried about Democratic gains? “Wall Street came out of the gate strong on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average seeing an immediate gain of 277 points at the opening bell and topping 400 by mid-afternoon. The Nasdaq was up by 2 percent in early afternoon trading, and the S&P 500 spiked by around 1.5 percent.”
* Hmm: “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe has expanded to include a filmmaker who interviewed Roger Stone for a documentary about alternative media and censorship called ‘Sensational’ in 2017. David Lugo told NBC News he testified before a Washington grand jury in October about Stone and Stone’s alleged backchannel to WikiLeaks, comedian and activist Randy Credico.”
* What prompted the change? “The U.S. military mission at the U.S.-Mexico border will no longer be called ‘Operation Faithful Patriot,’ according to officials. The formerly named ‘Operation Faithful Patriot’ is a deployment of nearly 5,200 troops, who joined 2,000 troops already stationed at the U.S.-Mexico border.”
* Remember Kim Davis? “The Kentucky clerk who went to jail in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples lost her bid for a second term on Tuesday.”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.