Thursday’s Mini-Report

THURSDAY’S MINI-REPORT…. Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Good start: “President Obama presided over the United Nations Security Council on Thursday as it unanimously passed a resolution aimed at shoring up the international commitment to limiting the spread of nuclear weapons, in particular halting the diversion of nuclear material for bomb development.”

* I don’t imagine this’ll be the last word on the subject: “The Senate Finance Committee rejected a Democratic amendment to its healthcare bill that would have expanded prescription-drug coverage to people on Medicare.”

* Najibullah Zazi gets indicted: “The Justice Department announced Thursday that a 24-year-old immigrant from Afghanistan has been indicted on a charge of conspiring to use “weapons of mass destruction” against targets in the United States, and federal prosecutors sought his indefinite detention without bail.”

* What’s the latest on the census worker found dead in Kentucky? Zachary Roth summarizes the latest.

* Predictable: “The Massachusetts Republican Party has gone to court in an attempt to stop the appointment of Paul Kirk to the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat.”

* Let’s put Speaker Pelosi down as a “no” on a public-option “trigger.”

* HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebilius makes clear that flu vaccines will be voluntary. Don’t believe anyone who says otherwise.

* Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) notices that some of his GOP colleagues are pawns of the health insurance industry.

* Gen. Stanley McChrystal says “there’s no rift” with the White House and he isn’t resigning.

* Better than it sounds: “The Obama administration has decided not to seek new legislation from Congress authorizing the indefinite detention of about 50 terrorism suspects being held without charges at at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Wednesday.” Glenn Greenwald explains why this is good news.

* New optimism on an AIDS vaccine?

* Consequences of the missile-defense shift: “Hmm, Russian president Medvedev certainly sounds more open to sanctions against Iran than his foreign minister did a couple of weeks ago. I wonder what might explain that.”

* ACORN heads to court.

* On a related note: “The community organizing group ACORN is under review by a Treasury Department inspector general as part of an investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s oversight of non-profit organizations.”

* Journalism school enrollment is soaring even as the industry is tanking.

* Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) heads home from the hospital.

* Media Matters highlights RedState.org’s “deep, shadowy connections with ACORN.”

* Water on the moon. Cool.

* I’d encourage the White House to put Vice President Biden in front of more seniors, more often.

* Quote of the Day, from Matt Yglesias: “I was out on the Hamburg cocktail party circuit last night and mentioned to a German woman that an American Senator had been mentioning Germany as an example of a country where government doesn’t run the health care system. Well, she laughed pretty hard at that idea. I tried to explain to her that he’s a really important Senator, known for being sharper than some of his colleagues on the Finance Committee and then it turned into more one of those rueful laughs.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.