Tuesday's Mini-Report, 9.15.20

Today's edition of quick hits.
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By Steve Benen

Today's edition of quick hits:

* Western fires: "Satellite images taken of the historic wildfires in the West show the shocking amount of smoke and other pollutants affecting areas beyond where the fires are furiously burning. At least 36 deaths have been linked to the fires in California, Oregon and Washington state."

* Gulf coast: "Slow-moving Hurricane Sally was already dumping heavy rainfall over parts of the Gulf Coast Tuesday morning, hours before the storm was expected to bring an even greater deluge when it makes landfall as a Category 1 hurricane or strong tropical storm near the Mississippi and Alabama border."

* Breonna Taylor: "The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has reached a $12 million settlement with Breonna Taylor's family six months after she was killed in her home during a police drug raid. Mayor Greg Fischer announced the terms of the settlement at a news conference Tuesday afternoon with Taylor's family and their attorneys, Benjamin Crump, Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker."

* What a strange story: "The health department's top spokesperson Michael Caputo called an emergency staff meeting on Tuesday to apologize for drawing negative attention to the Trump administration's health care strategy and signaled that he might be soon departing his role, according to five people with knowledge of the meeting."

* Speaking of strange stories: "South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg released a statement to media late Monday with his account of the Saturday night car accident in which he apparently struck and killed a man."

* Middle East: "President Trump hosted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and the foreign ministers of United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at the White House on Tuesday for the formal signing of new diplomatic accords between them."

* This could take a while: "Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday the House won't close up shop for the elections until congressional leaders and the Trump administration can negotiate another coronavirus relief package."

* CDC: "Children can and do transmit the coronavirus to members of their household, a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms."

* It strikes me as inherently problematic that TikTok's investors "went in search of a tech company with close ties to the administration and settled on Oracle."

* News out of Berlin: "Aleksei A. Navalny, the Russian opposition leader who is recovering from being poisoned, has spoken to a German prosecutor about the attempt on his life and says he plans to return to Russia as soon as he has recovered, a senior German security official said on Monday."

* USPS: "The Trump administration has not yet repaid the United States Postal Service more than six months after the agency sent out COVID-19 guidelines on postcards prominently featuring the president’s name."

* This story won't be over anytime soon: "A planned $765 million U.S. loan for Eastman Kodak Co. to produce drug ingredients is under review by the inspector general of the agency that helped put together the deal."

* Facebook "ignored or was slow to act on evidence that fake accounts on its platform have been undermining elections and political affairs around the world, according to an explosive memo sent by a recently fired Facebook employee and obtained by BuzzFeed News."

See you tomorrow.