Wednesday's Mini-Report, 9.16.20

Today's edition of quick hits.
By Steve Benen

Today's edition of quick hits:

* Hurricane Sally "made landfall early Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, threatening record floods more than 24 hours after it began dumping heavy rain on the Gulf Coast."

* The Bobcat Fire: "A Southern California wildfire was roaring toward the historic Mount Wilson Observatory on Tuesday as an unprecedented fire season continued to rage across much of the West Coast, officials said."

* Big Ten football: "President Donald Trump tried to take a victory lap Wednesday after the Big Ten Conference announced football will be played this fall -- but one university president says the return had nothing to do with the president's push."

* Russel Vought: "Federal agencies should keep their ears out for 'buzzwords' that indicate the presence of un-American diversity trainings, the White House budget chief said in an interview Tuesday."

* On a related note: "EPA this week postponed an internal speaker series on environmental problems faced by racial minorities and low-income communities after the White House issued a governmentwide order for agencies to stop certain 'un-American' race-related training."

* Trade wars aren't easy: "Canada abandoned plans to retaliate against U.S. tariffs on aluminum after the Trump administration announced it would remove the levies, International Trade Minister Mary Ng said Tuesday."

* Speaking of our neighbors to the north: "The federal government will extend the Canada-U.S. land border closure for another 30 days until Oct. 21, CBC News has learned. A source with direct knowledge of the situation, who spoke to CBC on the condition they not be named, said Canadians should expect the possibility the border will remain closed for longer."

* Report from the National Registry of Exonerations: "Official misconduct played a role in the criminal convictions of more than half of innocent people who were later exonerated, according to a new report by a registry that tracks wrongful convictions."

* Tokyo: "Japan’s Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man."

* I always find quotes like these striking: "Journalist Bob Woodward told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that his interviews with Donald Trump left him in doubt about whether the president can distinguish between what’s real and what is just in his own head."

See you tomorrow.