Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 9.14.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Refugees: “The Obama administration is pressing ahead with plans to boost the number of refugees it will allow into the U.S. as a national debate rages over immigration and security. The increase to 110,000 represents a nearly 30 percent increase over the current fiscal year.”
 
* By announcing this so soon before an election, Ford is just asking to be vilified: “Ford announced Wednesday that it will move its entire small car operation from America to Mexico…. Lower profit margins for small cars are an industry-wide issue, and have led to many automakers shifting manufacturing to lower-cost zones.”
 
* The House Dems’ sit-in earlier this summer wasn’t the end: “House Democrats made a renewed push for votes on gun control measures on Wednesday – nearly three months after they staged a sit-in on that chamber’s floor demanding action.”
 
* The right insists the Obama administration is anti-Israel. Reality keeps pointing in the opposite direction: “Israel and the United States have reached an agreement that will provide Israel an unprecedented amount of military aid over a decade.”
 
* It’s an angle that will go overlooked, but Hillary Clinton’s diplomatic efforts paved the way for this: “President Obama pledged on Wednesday to lift all remaining sanctions against Myanmar, seeking to reward the country’s recent moves toward democracy after decades of brutal military rule.”
 
* North Carolina: “The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday that it would move neutral site championships for this academic year, including the football title game in December and the women’s basketball tournament in March, out of North Carolina in reaction to a state law that curbed anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”
 
* Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) “has lost another round in federal court in seeking to have the bribery and corruption charges against him dismissed, and the New Jersey Democrat will now ask the Supreme Court to get involved in his case.”
 
* Tennessee: “For the first time in Tennessee history, a state representative has been expelled from the legislature for alleged sexual misconduct. In an historic move by state lawmakers, Jeremy Durham was ousted Tuesday as a member the Tennessee House of Representatives during a special legislative session.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 9.14.16