Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 1.2.19

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* An underwhelming response: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the stock market’s worst month since 1931 was due to a ‘glitch.’”

* The ACA lives, for now: “The federal judge in Texas who ruled this month that the entire Affordable Care Act was invalid issued a stay in the case on Sunday, meaning that the law will remain in effect while the ruling is appealed.”

* Tough to watch: “Arizona authorities said Monday they sent prosecutors the results of an investigation into a now-shuttered shelter for immigrant children where videos showed staffers dragging and shoving kids. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office investigated incidents that took place on three days in September. Prosecutors will now decide whether to file charges.”

* Dana White: “The Pentagon’s top spokeswoman – who was being investigated for misconduct by the Defense Department – abruptly announced her resignation Monday on Twitter.”

* They deserve better than this: “Amid the partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to freeze pay for federal workers in 2019.”

* Hmm: “Wisconsin taxpayers are funding a $850,000 legal contract to defend GOP-drawn legislative district maps, but they don’t know what it says. Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this week that he won’t release the contact drawn up with Bartlit Beck, the Chicago-based firm the GOP-controlled assembly hired to help them with this work.”

* A one-track mind: “In one of their final acts in the House majority, Republicans released a letter on Friday urging their Senate counterparts to pick up their politically charged inquiry into the handling of the F.B.I.’s investigations of President Trump’s campaign and Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and called again for the appointment of a special counsel to study the matter.”

* Good choice: “Douglas Letter, a 40-year veteran at the Department of Justice who left this spring, is now re-entering government life as general counsel for the House of Representatives, incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Friday.”

* An unwise missive: “The unified command responsible for the United States’ nuclear strike capabilities drew attention on Monday when it tweeted a message and video that threatened the possibility of dropping a bomb.”

* A little name change: “Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is broadening the title of the committee he will soon chair from the ‘Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’ to the ‘Committee on Oversight and Reform’ to better encompass the private sector before launching investigations into President Donald Trump’s businesses.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 1.2.19