Monday's Mini-Report, 9.14.20

Today's edition of quick hits.
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By Steve Benen

Today's edition of quick hits:

* Hurricane: "Sally has been upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane as it makes its way up the Gulf of Mexico and towards New Orleans with 85 miles per hour winds. The storm is forecast to bring life-threatening storm surges, strong winds and flash floods to the Northern Gulf Coast and make landfall on Tuesday."

* Western fires: "Wildfires raging in the West have killed at least 33 people with dozens of others missing and tens of thousands more in California, Oregon and Washington forced to flee their homes. The death toll is likely to climb, with one Oregon official warning of a 'mass fatality incident.'"

* On a related note: "Wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington have created hazardous air conditions throughout the Western United States as smoke from the devastating blazes stretches for thousands of miles. Air quality in Seattle; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco; and Los Angeles is some of the worst in the world."

* DOJ: "The Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General has begun investigating the circumstances surrounding the sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, according to two sources familiar with the matter."

* This is what happens when Republicans move the 9th Circuit to the right: "A U.S. appeals court on Monday decided President Donald Trump can phase out protections for hundreds of thousands of families that have been living and working legally in the U.S., many for decades."

* This seems weird: "The U.S. ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, will resign ahead of November's presidential election as high tensions continue to beset the two countries. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday on Twitter that Branstad would be leaving the post after three years, although didn't provide a reason for his departure."

* Brexit: "David Cameron on Monday became the fifth former prime minister of the United Kingdom to raise concerns or condemn the government's plan to break international law in order to amend the Brexit deal Boris Johnson agreed to with the European Union last year."

* Retaliatory plot: "The Iranian government is weighing an assassination attempt against the American ambassador to South Africa, U.S. intelligence reports say, according to a U.S. government official familiar with the issue and another official who has seen the intelligence."

* Roger Stone is "urging Donald Trump to consider several draconian measures to stay in power, including having federal authorities seize ballots in Nevada, having FBI agents and Republican state officials 'physically' block voting under the pretext of preventing voter fraud, using martial law or the Insurrection Act to carry out widespread arrests, and nationalizing state police forces."

* At a campaign event over the weekend, Trump said Antifa members are "spoiled kids," with skinny arms, who live in "their mom and dad's basement." If that's true, why should Americans be so terrified of them?

See you tomorrow.