Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 4.17.19

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* There’s simply no reason for this: “The Trump administration is re-imposing limits on the amount of money Cuban Americans can send to relatives on the island and ordering new restrictions on U.S. citizen, nonfamily travel to Cuba, national security adviser John Bolton said Wednesday.”

* Bill Barr finds another way to make Trump happy: “The nation’s top prosecutor broadened the Trump administration’s authority to detain asylum seekers who cross the border illegally by declaring Tuesday that they are not entitled to bond hearings.”

* I guess we’re supposed to be thankful for her restraint: “White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump says her father asked her if she was interested in taking the job of World Bank chief but she passed on it.”

* How’s the whole “drain the swamp” thing going? “Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has a new job: a more than $100,000-a-year post with a gold mining firm that’s pursuing project approvals involving the federal agency that Zinke left fewer than four months ago.”

* Keep in mind, Dowd hasn’t actually read the Mueller report: “John Dowd, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, is calling the Mueller report ‘pure mischief’ and ‘not fair,’ believing that it will cause undue problems for the president.”

* Family separations: “Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union said in a federal court filing Monday night that the Trump administration’s one- to two-year timetable for reuniting potentially thousands of separated migrant families shows ‘a callous disregard for these families and should be rejected.’”

* A case we’ve been following: “A new victim has gone public in the Jeffrey Epstein case, filing a sworn affidavit in federal court in New York Tuesday, saying that she was sexually assaulted and her then-15-year-old sister molested by Epstein and his companion, Ghislaine Maxwell, in 1996.”

* The predictable reaction: “On Monday, the Trump administration followed through on its promise to formally label a segment of Iran’s military forces ‘terrorists.’ Today, Tehran fired back with its own provocative move: It now considers all US troops in the Middle East to be terrorists too.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 4.17.19