Thursday's Mini-Report, 7.9.20

Today's edition of quick hits.
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By Steve Benen

Today's edition of quick hits:

* Today's other big SCOTUS case: "The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a large chunk of eastern Oklahoma remains an American Indian reservation, a decision that state and federal officials have warned could throw Oklahoma into chaos. The court's 5-4 decision, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, means that Oklahoma prosecutors lack the authority to pursue criminal cases against American Indian defendants in parts of Oklahoma that include most of Tulsa, the second-largest city."

* Flynn case: "The judge in the Michael Flynn case, Emmet Sullivan, has asked the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to rehear the former national security adviser’s request for an order directing Sullivan to dismiss the case as the Justice Department has sought to do."

* Oh my: "Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, was taken back into federal custody Thursday and is returning to prison, his lawyer said. Cohen was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals after arriving at a New York federal court Thursday morning to sign home confinement documents, said his lawyer Jeffrey Levine."

* Closed-door testimony: "Geoffrey Berman, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, described on Thursday a pressure campaign led by Attorney General Bill Barr to get him to leave his post as one of the nation's most powerful federal prosecutors."

* NYC: "New York City on Thursday shut down the stretch of Fifth Avenue where Trump Tower stands to begin painting a Black Lives Matter mural. The proposed mural, between 56th and 57th streets, was called a 'symbol of hate' by President Donald Trump, who said it would be 'denigrating' Fifth Avenue, known for expensive apartments and luxury shopping."

* Mississippi's Republican-led legislature had a session in an enclosed space, with little regard for masks or social distancing. Take a wild guess what happened next: "State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) confirmed 36 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases related to an outbreak at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson. Twenty-six of the cases were lawmakers. Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann and House Speaker Philip Gunn said they both tested positive for the virus."

* Tennessee: "Gov. Bill Lee says the bust of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader should be relocated to the state museum, marking the first time Lee has explicitly called for the removal of the monument of Nathan Bedford Forrest inside Tennessee's Capitol."

* This story isn't over yet: "Sen. Tammy Duckworth will keep her hold on more than 1,100 military promotions in place despite Wednesday's announcement of the retirement of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in the impeachment of President Donald Trump."

* Financial disclosure: "President Trump’s annual financial disclosure report was due to be released more than a week ago. But the filing, the only official public document detailing his personal finances, was not published, and neither the White House nor federal ethics officials offered a public explanation."

See you tomorrow.