Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Serious allegations: “Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, the White House physician nominated to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, provided ‘a large supply’ of Percocet, a prescription opioid, to a White House military office staff member, throwing his own medical staff ‘into a panic’ when the medical unit could not account for the missing drugs, according to a summary of questionable deeds compiled by the Democratic staff of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.”
* I think we know where this is headed: “President Donald Trump’s latest restriction on travel to the United States from a handful of mostly Muslim countries seemed likely to survive Supreme Court review, based on comments from the justices during an hour of animated courtroom argument on Wednesday.”
* On the other hand, this decision was heartening: “A D.C. federal judge has delivered the toughest blow yet to Trump administration efforts to end deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants, ordering the government to continue the Obama-era program and – for the first time since announcing it would end – reopen it to new applicants.”
* Unexpected: “The former Secret Service agent who leads the security detail for Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, worked on assignments for the tabloid news publisher American Media Inc. during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to records and interviews.”
* Grassley’s proposed changes are misguided: “Democrats are warning that the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman’s proposed changes to a bill to protect special counsels from undue firing would give the GOP the ability to tip off President Trump about developments in Robert S. Mueller III’s probe of him – the latest flash point on the legislation’s rocky road to a committee vote, expected Thursday.”
* Hasn’t this question already been answered? “Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue reportedly told senators Tuesday that he advised President Donald Trump to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the latest of a series of contradictory statements from Trump and his administration about the trade deal.”
* A few nominees are uncontroversial: “The Senate Tuesday quietly confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. U.S. Army Cyber Command chief Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone was unanimously confirmed by voice vote to serve as the “dual-hat” leader of both organizations.”
* Trump says untrue things about issues he doesn’t understand. For example, he said yesterday the United States “gave [Iran] $1.8 billion in cash. That’s actual cash. Barrels of cash. It’s insane. It’s ridiculous.” The only thing ridiculous was what the president said.
* The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is dedicated to victims of white supremacy, and it’s an impressive sight.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.