THURSDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:
* It’s official — the H1N1 swine flu virus is the first global flu epidemic in 41 years.
* For now, James Von Brunn is still alive in a D.C. hospital. Today, he was charged with murder.
* The right’s new line of attack: James Von Brunn, a notorious racist and anti-Semite, is a lefty.
* President Obama hosted a town-hall discussion today in Green Bay on health care reform.
* Congressional Republicans are balking at federal funding for the International Monetary Fund. Today, Robert Gates and Hillary Clinton accused GOP lawmakers of undermining U.S. national security interests.
* Stephen Johns, the security officer who was murdered yesterday at the Holocaust Memorial, is part of a union that requested bulletproof vests. The vests were never issued.
* Fox News went to comical lengths not to talk about yesterday’s shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
* New York’s state Senate, still a mess.
* The AMA’s opposition to health care reform prompted one high-profile physician to resign from the organization today.
* Dr. George Tiller is gone, but a Nebraska doctor stepped up yesterday to say he’ll perform late-term abortions in Kansas.
* Brendan Nyhan has a fascinating item on the difficulties in getting people to stop believing a lie.
* Jeremiah Wright, please stop talking.
* Michael Steele should probably just steer clear of metaphors altogether.
* Once in a great while, Joe Scarborough says something sensible. This morning, for example, he mocked right-wing calls for a GM boycott “stupid,” and the conservative proponents of the boycott “morons.”
* And this afternoon, President Obama signed the coolest excused-absence note in the history of excused-absence notes.
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