Friday's Mini-Report, 3.8.19

Today's edition of quick hits:

* This is a good bill, which literally every Democrat voted for, and literally every Republican voted against: "The House passed the Democrats’ showcase anti-corruption and voting rights legislation on Friday, an expansive measure that aims to dismantle barriers to the ballot box, end big money in politics and impose stricter ethics rules on federal officials."

* I guess Wilson won't be the new Defense secretary: "Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced her resignation on Friday. Wilson said she will be leaving in May to become president of the University of Texas at El Paso."

* This is an odd situation driven by Manning's rejection of the grand-jury process: "Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning was jailed on Friday after refusing to answer questions from a federal grand jury in Virginia looking into the release of documents to WikiLeaks."

* A question in need of an answer: "The Department of Homeland Security and the House Homeland Security Committee are investigating whether U.S. border agents have been targeting journalists for questioning, according to a statement from Customs and Border Protection and a letter to CBP from the chair of the committee."

* Setting the stage for the next big legal fights: "The Tennessee House of Representatives passed a controversial bill Thursday that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, legislation that could become among the most restrictive in the nation."

* A "summary" probably won't suffice: "The House Judiciary Committee's top Republican said he expects Congress and the public may get only a short summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's findings from his Russia investigation."

* Interesting report on presidential chats with the media: "The media figures Trump talks to informally go beyond his well-documented phone calls with sympathetic commentators like Hannity and Lou Dobbs. His media roster includes regular, if less-publicized engagement with beat reporters and executives at the New York Times, the Washington Post and, on occasion, Politico."

* It appears this administration could use the help: "Former President Jimmy Carter -- who once brokered a nuclear agreement with Kim Jong Un's grandfather in the 1990s -- is offering to travel to North Korea to try and break President Donald Trump's deadlock with the North Korean dictator."

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.