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Thursday's Mini-Report, 1.4.18

Today's edition of quick hits.

Today's edition of quick hits:

* Elections continue to carry consequences: "The Trump administration unveiled a controversial proposal Thursday to permit drilling in most U.S. continental-shelf waters, including protected areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic, where oil and gas exploration is opposed by governors from New Jersey to Florida, nearly a dozen attorneys general, more than 100 U.S. lawmakers and the Defense Department."

* Pakistan: "The Trump administration will suspend most security assistance to Pakistan, the State Department said on Thursday, expanding its retribution over militant safe havens that U.S. officials blame for ongoing violence in Afghanistan."

* On a related note, Trump's tweets aren't helping: "Even by the standard of their tumultuous relationship, the growing feud between the United States and Pakistan is unusually serious, with the potential to trigger a breakdown in ties that could threaten cooperation on intelligence, nuclear safety and America's war in Afghanistan."

* The threats against "Fire and Fury" obviously didn't work: "The publisher of a new book about President Donald Trump's first year in office apparently isn't cowed by demands to halt publication — it is moving up the date the book comes out."

* Remember, we're supposed to think it's a well-oiled machine: "White House staffers and guests will no longer be able to use their personal cellphones in the West Wing, the Trump administration said Thursday."

* Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello "announced on Thursday the formation of a task force to examine the number of deaths related to Hurricane María. The group is expected to report its findings, including any revised numbers, in 90 days."

* We're waiting: "Disgraced Rep. Blake Farenthold has not yet repaid $84,000 in taxpayer money for a settlement reached with a former aide who accused him of sexual harassment and other improper conduct, despite the Texas Republican's statement late last year saying he would do so."

* Good luck with that: "Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel wants to create a new conservative cable news network and his representatives have engaged the powerful Mercer family to help with funding, according to two sources familiar with the situation."

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.