Monday's Mini-Report, 3.26.18

Today's edition of quick hits:

* A big move that appears to have been coordinated with European allies: "The United States and the European Union on Monday announced the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal on British soil allegedly orchestrated by the Kremlin."

* Legal developments of note: "Stormy Daniels filed an amended lawsuit Monday that alleges Donald Trump's personal lawyer defamed her and violated campaign finance law by brokering a 'hush agreement' just before the 2016 election."

* In related news: "President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, demanded Stormy Daniels 'cease and desist' after the adult-film star said in a '60 Minutes' TV interview that she was threatened with violence to stay silent about an alleged affair with Trump."

* A hard-to-justify deportation: "Federal authorities deported a military veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan but was later convicted of drug crimes, an agency spokeswoman said Sunday. In a statement, the spokeswoman, Nicole Alberico of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, said immigration agents returned Miguel Perez Jr., 39, to Mexican authorities on Friday."

* I hope this doesn't have anything to do with undermining pending litigation: "Remington Arms Co filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a Delaware court on Sunday to carry out a debt-cutting deal with creditors amid mounting public pressure for greater gun control."

* It's only March: "With passage of an enormous budget bill, the GOP-controlled Congress all but wrapped up its legislating for the year."

* An unexpected report: "Royal Dutch Shell on Monday outlined a scenario in which, by 2070, we would be using far less of the company's own product -- oil -- as cars become electric, a massive carbon storage industry develops, and transportation begins a shift toward a reliance on hydrogen as an energy carrier."

* HHS: "John Bardis, a top HHS official who signed off on ex-Secretary Tom Price's charter jet flights, is resigning effective April 6, the agency confirmed Thursday."

* Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe reflected on his ouster in an op-ed that's worth your time.

* Do you suppose he was avoiding protesters? "The White House on Saturday morning issued a statement praising youths participating in March for Our Lives demonstrations.... But after leaving his golf club on Saturday afternoon, Trump's motorcade took a longer, less-direct route back to his Mar-a-Lago estate, where he is staying this weekend."

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