Monday’s Mini-Report, 4.16.18

 msnbc.com  4/16/2018 9:30:17 PM   Steve Benen

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* AUMF: “Two senators are set to unveil an updated war authorization as early as Monday that would allow the president to extend the war on terror in places such as Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen where the U.S. is fighting terrorism groups, but it is also an effort to place new checks on the president in what has been an open-ended, multi-faceted conflict.”

* A case worth watching: “Consumers nationwide would pay more for what they buy online if South Dakota gets its way before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case to be argued Tuesday.”

* The right call: “A federal judge late Friday barred the federal government from implementing President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender members of the military, finding that the ban had to be subject to a careful court review before implementation because of the history of discrimination against transgender individuals.”

* I wonder what Candidate Trump would think: “The Trump administration, which has been on the verge of a trade war with China, opted on Friday not to label the country a currency manipulator, breaking a key campaign promise by President Trump to punish a government he has called the ‘greatest currency manipulators ever.’”

* Sitting while black: “Two black men who were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks last week for allegedly trespassing are now going to the front of the line – they’ll be meeting with the CEO, a company spokesperson said on Monday.”

* Lawmakers should take note: “Hundreds of former Justice Department employees are now urging Congress to ‘swiftly and forcefully respond’ should President Trump fire Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, or Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who is overseeing the federal probe.”

* The March for Science “celebrated its anniversary [on Saturday]. And although the turnout around the world was significantly smaller than last year, supporters haven’t lost any of their energy.”

*The phrase “never forget” is used for a reason: “For seven decades, ‘never forget’ has been a rallying cry of the Holocaust remembrance movement. But a survey released Thursday, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, found that many adults lack basic knowledge of what happened – and this lack of knowledge is more pronounced among millennials, whom the survey defined as people ages 18 to 34.”

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