Monday's Mini-Report, 6.29.20

Today's edition of quick hits.

Today's edition of quick hits:

* A new day in Mississippi: "Mississippi lawmakers voted Sunday to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, a symbol that has flown for more than 120 years. The state House and Senate approved a suspension of the rules Saturday, allowing for debate and a vote on the bill. It passed the House on Sunday by a vote of 91-23, quickly followed by a 37-14 Senate vote."

* This isn't exactly in line with his message from Friday: "Vice President Mike Pence has canceled campaign events in Florida and Arizona as coronavirus cases spike in those states. A spokesperson for President Donald Trump's campaign confirmed to USA TODAY the events, which included stops as part of Pence's 'Faith in America' tour, were canceled 'out of an abundance of caution' as cases climb in Florida and Arizona."

* Of course he did: "President Donald Trump retweeted a video on Monday morning showing an unidentified white couple brandishing their firearms at anti-police brutality protesters in St. Louis, Missouri, who were peacefully marching toward city Mayor Lyda Krewson's home."

* From late Friday: "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement must release children held in the country's three family detention centers by July 17 because of the danger posed by the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge in Los Angeles ordered."

* Houses of worship: "One month after President Donald Trump ordered the nation's governors to immediately reopen churches, his administration is facing a difficult dilemma. Clusters of Covid-19 cases are surfacing in counties across the U.S. where in-person religious services have resumed, triggering questions about whether his administration should reassess its campaign to treat houses of worship the same as other essential businesses, or leave them alone and risk additional transmission of the deadly coronavirus -- including in communities that are largely supportive of the president."

* The latest EO: "President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to protect federal monuments after a rash of recent incidents involving the vandalism of statues memorializing the Confederacy and some of the nation's Founding Fathers."

* I feel as though stories like this one keep popping up: "A company created by a former Pentagon official who describes himself as a White House volunteer for Vice President Mike Pence won a $2.4 million dollar contract in May -- its first federal award -- to supply the Bureau of Prisons with surgical gowns."

* FEC: "As the 2020 campaign enters its final months, the independent regulator of America's elections will once again be without enough commissioners to do its job starting in July."

* An effort worth watching: "House Democrats increasingly frustrated by the Trump administration for defying subpoenas are proposing legislation that would ratchet up their power to punish executive branch officials who reject their requests."

See you tomorrow.