Friday's Mini-Report, 1.10.20

Today's edition of quick hits.
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By Steve Benen

Today's edition of quick hits:

* Impeachment: "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a letter to Democratic lawmakers on Friday that she will consult with them Tuesday as she announced steps to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate."

* Pointless cruelty: "The Texas governor said that his state will reject the resettling of new refugees, making Texas the first state to do so following a Trump administration order granting local governments the authority to do so."

* Looks like they came up with some sanctions after all: "The Trump administration on Friday announced a new round of economic sanctions against Iran in response to the regime’s missile attacks on Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. and coalition forces."

* Trump can't ask Putin to stop doing this? "A Russian naval ship 'aggressively approached' a U.S. Navy destroyer in the North Arabian Sea on Thursday, in a dangerous near-collision, authorities said Friday."

* Not a good look for the troubled company: "Boeing on Thursday released hundreds of emails and communications that appear to show employees criticizing the company’s troubled 737 Max jet, which was grounded after two crashes killed 346 people."

* In case you missed this last night: "The House adopted a war powers resolution Thursday with the aim of limiting President Donald Trump's military actions against Iran. The adoption of the measure on a largely party-line vote of 224-194 came amid heightened tension between the two countries after the United States killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Iran retaliated with a ballistic missile attack against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. forces."

* Speaking of the House doing important stuff: "The House on Friday passed legislation to broadly regulate a cancer-linked chemical over objections from the White House that Congress is sidestepping agencies. The bill, which passed 247 to 159, targets a class of chemicals abbreviated as PFAS that have been leaching into the water supply across the country, causing health problems in communities where water has been contaminated."

* Border barriers: "The White House on Thursday celebrated a federal court ruling that will allow $3.6 billion in military construction funds to be used for the construction of the border wall. A separate court on Thursday lifted a restraining order on a private group allied with President Trump that wants to build its own barriers on private land."

* Rep. Doug Collins (R-Colo.) this week told a national television audience that his Democratic colleagues are "in love terrorists." This morning on Fox News, he defended his own rhetoric, but two hours later, he apologized.

See you tomorrow.

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