Tuesday's Mini-Report, 9.18.18

Today's edition of quick hits:

* Scrambling in response to a bad idea: "U.S. intelligence officials, blindsided by President Donald Trump's order that they make public highly sensitive files in the Russia investigation, are hoping the White House will allow them to conduct a formal declassification review and damage assessment before they are forced to release the documents, current and former officials tell NBC News."

* North Carolina: "Rain-swollen rivers won't stop rising in North Carolina. Several of them teetered at record levels Tuesday as officials warned of relentless flooding and hazards in areas already swamped by historic rainfall produced by former Hurricane Florence."

* Trump's trade war: "President Donald Trump announced a new round of tariffs late on Monday, slapping a 10 percent tax on a $200 billion list of Chinese imports ranging from consumer goods to manufacturing materials. The new tariffs, effective September 24, will rise to 25 percent by January 1."

* And the retaliatory response: "China will impose retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of American-made goods.... The Chinese Finance Ministry announced Tuesday it would go ahead with plans announced in August to tax 5,207 types of U.S. imports, ranging from coffee to farm machinery."

* That's quite a mistake: "Syrian forces accidentally shot down a Russian military plane after an Israeli airstrike on Syrian territory, Kremlin officials said Tuesday, the worst case of friendly fire for Russia in the Syria war."

* Refugees: "The Trump administration will admit no more than 30,000 refugees to the U.S. in the coming year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, down from the current cap of 45,000."

* Lock him up? "Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to set a late November sentencing date for President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to a court document filed Monday by federal prosecutors."

* Opioid bill: "In a rare moment of bipartisanship, the Senate overwhelmingly passed on Monday evening a sweeping package of bills aimed at addressing the nation's deadly opioid epidemic. The vote was 99 to 1 with only Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) dissenting."

* Rubio really ought to know better than to engage in stunts like these: "Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Tuesday asked the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into former Secretary of State John Kerry's private meetings with top Iranian officials, which Trump administration officials have characterized as undermining U.S. interests."

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