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Tuesday's Mini-Report, 1.8.19

Today's edition of quick hits.

Today's edition of quick hits:

* Natalia Veselnitskaya is back in the news: "A Russian lawyer at the center of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Russians and Trump campaign officials has been charged with criminal obstruction of justice in a federal civil case in Manhattan."

* Climate crisis: "America's carbon dioxide emissions rose by 3.4 percent in 2018, the biggest increase in eight years, according to a preliminary estimate published Tuesday."

* Trump's latest court defeat: "A federal court has rejected President Trump's first major effort to cut payments for prescription drugs, saying the administration went far beyond its legal authority."

* This has apparently been reversed, at least for now: "The Trump administration downgraded the diplomatic status of the European Union's delegation to the United States last year without making a formal announcement or informing the bloc about the change, a European official said on Tuesday."

* More fallout from a poorly considered decision: "President Trump's surprise announcement that he was pulling the U.S. military out of Syria came with no plan in place for what to do about more than 790 imprisoned ISIS fighters and their families. Now his administration is in a frantic search for solutions, including a renewed look at sending the most dangerous fighters to Guantanamo Bay, U.S. and congressional officials tell NBC News."

* This could prove interesting: "A federal judge has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to release tens of thousands of emails and other documents involving the agency's top-level political appointees -- including acting chief Andrew Wheeler -- in a move activists hope will clarify how industry interests may be influencing their decisions."

* At some point, maybe Facebook could comment on why so many far-right candidates keep crediting the platform for their victories: "When Matteo Salvini faced the media in the wake of Monday's huge Italian election result, the anti-immigration leader had some special groups to thank. 'Thank God for the internet, thank God for social media, thank God for Facebook,' he said."

* A good first move for Wisconsin's new Democratic governor: "Gov. Tony Evers has signed an executive order requiring state agencies to develop and implement policies preventing discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity."

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.