Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 5.8.19

Updated

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Trump is finally pleased with the 9th Circuit: “A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration can make asylum seekers wait in Mexico for immigration court hearings while the policy is challenged in court, handing the president a major victory, even if it proves only temporary.”

* Keep an eye on this one: “The New York state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would make it easier for Congress to obtain President Donald Trump’s state tax returns, advancing a bill that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will sign if it reaches his desk.”

* An unnecessary complication: “Negotiations on a multibillion-dollar disaster aid bill in the Senate have grown more complicated in recent days with a push by the Trump administration to add emergency spending for the U.S.-Mexico border to the bill, lawmakers and others involved in the talks said Tuesday.”

* Remember this mess? “An investigation into U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz will proceed, the Florida Bar said Wednesday, meaning the Panhandle Republican could face discipline for allegedly intimidating President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen.”

* That’s quite a statistic: “U.S. consumers and businesses are paying more than $900,000 a year for every job saved or created by Trump steel tariffs, according to calculations by experts at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.”

* Tennessee “is moving toward becoming the first state to convert its Medicaid program to a block grant, opening up a new front in conservatives’ efforts to give states more flexibility over the health program while also raising concerns about potential cuts in coverage.”

* This article is more interesting than you might assume at first blush: “Economists in the Agriculture Department’s research branch say the Trump administration is retaliating against them for publishing reports that shed negative light on White House policies, spurring an exodus that included six of them quitting the department on a single day in late April.”

* That’s interesting: “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors didn’t want former FBI Director James Comey’s memos released because they feared that President Donald Trump and other witnesses could change their stories after reading Comey’s version of events, according to an argument they made in a January 2018 sealed court hearing.”

* The apparent fallback job: “Former State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert will be nominated to help oversee the White House fellowships program, the Trump administration said on Tuesday.”

* A huge loss: “Robert Pear, a reporter whose understated demeanor belied a tenacious pursuit of sources and scoops during his 40 years at The New York Times covering health care and other critical national issues, died on Tuesday in Rockville, Md. He was 69.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.