Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 4.24.19

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* So much for transparency: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday excoriated Democrats for probing his finances and his administration and declared, ‘We’re fighting all the subpoenas.’”

* Maybe he didn’t understand his legal briefing on the case: “President Donald Trump wrote online Wednesday that ‘the American people deserve to know who is in this country,’ breaking with the Justice Department in its defense of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ efforts to place a citizenship question on next year’s census questionnaire.”

* Title X: “U.S. District Judge Michael J. McShane late Tuesday said he’ll grant a preliminary injunction against new federal restrictions that bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers, calling the rule a ‘ham-fisted approach to public health policy.”’

* She’s the one who wrote the “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email: “Bridget Anne Kelly, who continues to fight her conviction in the Bridgegate scandal before the U.S. Supreme Court, was re-sentenced Wednesday to 13 months in federal prison for her role in the ill-fated scheme of political retribution.”

* Public health: “New cases of measles reported in New York, New Jersey and California bring the total number of infections in the U.S. to 671 so far in 2019, the most for a year since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000.”

* Some encouraging economic news: “Purchases of new homes in the U.S. increased in March, driven by sales gains in most parts of the nation.”

* The White House isn’t helping: “A bipartisan group of senators is urging the Trump administration to drop a proposal under which federal job applicants would have to disclose whether they went through a criminal diversion program, a requirement that critics say would make it harder for those once charged to find work.”

* How very petty: “President Donald Trump escalated his feud with the media by another degree on Tuesday, ordering officials in his administration to boycott Saturday’s annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.”

* In case you’ve been appliance shopping lately: “All told, the research shows, U.S. consumers are spending an additional $1.5 billion a year on washers and dryers as a result of the tariffs.”

* Florida is still Florida: “The Florida Senate passed a school-security bill with a provision allowing teachers to be armed, despite strong opposition from teacher groups and students.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 4.24.19