Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 3.6.19

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Today, Michael Cohen gave lawmakers documents “that show edits to the false written statements he made to Congress in 2017 about talks on a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow, a source familiar with the matter told NBC News.”

* Strike two: “The Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census ‘threatens the very foundation of our democratic system,’ a federal judge said Wednesday. Judge Richard Seeborg said the commerce secretary’s decision to add the question was arbitrary and capricious and would violate a constitutional requirement that the census count everyone in the country.”

* Ohio: “A sprawling General Motors assembly plant near Youngstown will be idled on Wednesday after more than 50 years producing cars and other vehicles, a move that will eliminate nearly 1,700 hourly positions by month’s end. GM announced late last year that Lordstown along with three plants in the U.S. and one in Canada would close by early next year.”

* Unnecessary secrecy: “In the latest step toward rolling back Obama-era rules for targeted killings, President Donald Trump will no longer require U.S. intelligence officials to publicly disclose the numbers of people killed in drone strikes and other attacks on terrorist targets outside of war zones.”

* A heartbreaking story: “Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a retired Air Force colonel and the first female fighter pilot to fly a combat mission, revealed on Wednesday that she was raped by a superior officer while in the military.”

* In pursuit of pay equity: “A federal judge ruled on Monday that the Trump administration must reinstate an Obama-era requirement for companies to report how much they pay their employees, along with their gender and race — a move supporters say would address pay disparities among workers of different groups.”

* Escalating trade tensions (again): “President Trump has decided to strip India of a special status that exempts billions of dollars worth of Indian exports from American tariffs, raising new trade tensions with the world’s second most populous country.”

* I hope you saw Rachel’s segment on this last night: “President Trump said he would nominate federal prosecutor Jessie Liu as the Justice Department’s No. 3 official, after a year in which his administration failed to persuade several candidates to take on the challenging position.”

* I will never understand callousness like this, especially from those in positions of public trust: “A handful of male lawmakers dressed up for a hearing they presided over Tuesday in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, donning pearl necklaces as activists testified about their experiences with gun violence.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.